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Biographical entry Shain, Charles Alexander (Alex) (1922 - 1960)

Born
6 February 1922
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
11 February 1960
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Radio astronomer

Summary

Alex Shain was a pioneer of low frequency radio astronomy in Australia. Joining he CSIR Division of Radiophysics in 1943 he worked initially at the Hornsby Valley field station. Here he and Charlie Higgins completed a 9.15 MHz sky survey. After the closure of Hornsby in 1955 Shain moved to the Fleurs field station where he explored the source of Jovian emissions and oversaw the construction of the large-scale cross-type radio telescope named the Shain Cross.

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'Shame about Shain! Early Australian radio astronomy at Hornsby Valley', ATNF News, vol. 55, 2005, pp. 14-6. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce, George, Martin and Wielebinski, Richard, 'The history of early low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 4: Kerr, Shain, Higgins and the Hornsby Valley Field Station near Sydney', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 3, 2015, pp. 285-311. Details
  • Pawsey, J. L., 'Obituary notices: Charles Alexander Shain', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 1, 1960, pp. 244-5. Details

See also

  • Orchiston, Wayne, George, Martin, Slee, Bruce and Wielebinski, Richard, 'The history of early low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 1: the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 1, 2015, pp. 3-13. Details

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