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Biographical entry Slee, Owen Bruce (Bruce) (1924 - 2016)

Born
10 August 1924
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
18 August 2016
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Radio astronomer and Science historian

Summary

Bruce Slee was an international pioneer of radio astronomy who, over 60 years, made wide-ranging contributions that extend from the solar system to the galaxy and quasi-stellar objects. He joined the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics in 1946, retiring in 1989 having worked at a variety of facilities including field stations at Dover Heights and Fleurs and the Parkes radio telescope. With colleagues Bernard Mills and E. R. Hill, Slee detected more than 2,00 sources of emissions and published the 'celebrated' MSH Catalog in three seminal papers (1958-61). During the 1960s Slee, with colleagues Bernard Lovell and Charlie Higgins, conducted pioneering work searching for radio emissions from stars other than the sun. In 1981 he started looking for emissions from non-flare stars and later pulsars and microquasars. Slee published nearly 200 research papers and since 1994 has written widely on the history of astronomy, particularly radio astronomy. The minor planet 9391 Slee was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union.

Details

Events

1959
Education - BSc, University of New South Wales
1971
Award - DSc, University of New South Wales
1988 - 1989
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, Australian National Telescope Facility
1989
Life event - Retired
1989 - 2016
Honorary Fellow, Australia Telescope National Facility
2017
Award (posthumous) - Member of the order of Australia (AM) for significant service to science, particularly in the field of radio astronomy, as a researcher, author and mentor of young scientists

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Radiophysics Field Stations and the Early Development of Radio Astronomy', in Wayne Orchiston, ed. (ed.), The New Astronomy: Opening the Electromagnetic Window and Expanding our View of Planet Earth, Springer, Dordrecht, 2005, pp. 119-168. Details
  • Stewart, Ronald, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Sun Has Set on a Brilliant Mind: John Paul Wild (1923-2008), Solar Radio Astronomer Extraordinaire', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 527-42. Details
  • Stewart, Ronald, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Contribution of the Division of Radiophysics Dapto Field Station to Solar Radio Astronomy, 1952-1964', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 481-526. Details
  • Stewart, Ronald, Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'A Retrospective View of Australian Solar Radio Astronomy 1945-1960', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 589-629. Details
  • Wendt, H., Orchiston, W. and Slee, B., 'The contribution of the Division of Radiophysics Potts Hill field station to international radio astronomy', in Orchiston, W., Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the history of astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference. Astrophysics and space science proceedings, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 379-431. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'An overview of W.N. Christiansen's contribution to Australian radio astronomy, 1948-1960', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the history of astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference. Astrophysics and space science proceedings, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 547-87. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Contribution of the Division of Radiophysics Murraybank Field Station to international radio astronomy', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G (eds), Highlighting the history of astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference. Astrophysics and space science proceedings, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 433-79. Details

Journal Articles

  • George, Martin, Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Wielebinski, Richard, 'The history of early low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 2: Tasmania', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 1, 2015, pp. 14-22. Details
  • George, Martin, Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Wielebinski, Richard, 'The history of early low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 3: Ellis, Reber and the Cambridge Field Station near Hobart', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 2, 2015, pp. 177-89. Details
  • George, Martin, Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Wielebinski, Richard, 'The early history of low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 6: Michael Bessell and the University of Tasmania's Richmond field station near Hobart', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 19, no. 2, 2016, pp. 185-94. Details
  • George, Martin, Orchiston, Wayne, Wielebinski, Richard and Slee, Bruce, 'The history of early low frequency radio astronomy in Australia, 5: Reber and the Kempton Field Station in Tasmania', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 3, 2015, pp. 312-24. Details
  • Kellermann, K.I., Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'Gordon James Stanley and the Early Development of Radio Astronomy in Australia and the United States', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 22, no. 1, 2005, pp. 1-11. Details
  • Orchiston, W. and Slee, B., 'The Australasian discovery of solar radio emission', AAO Newsletter, vol. 101, 2002, pp. 25-7. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'From the Solar Corona to Clusters of Galaxies: the Radio Astronomy of Bruce Slee', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 21, 2004, pp. 23-71. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'Sixty Years in Radio Astronomy: a Tribute to Bruce Slee', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 8, no. 1, 2005, pp. 3-10. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, B., 'The Flowering of Fleurs: an Interesting Interlude in Australian Radio Astronomy', ATNF News, vol. 47, 2002, pp. 12-15. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, B., 'Ingenuity and Initiative in Australian Radio Astronomy: the Dover Heights Hole-in-the-Ground Antenna', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 5, 2002, pp. 21-34. Details
  • 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, 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
  • Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Burman, Ron, 'The Genesis of Solar Radio Astronomy in Australia', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 9, no. 1, 2006, pp. 35-56. 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
  • Robertson, Peter, Cozens, Glen, Orchiston, Wayne, Wendt, Harry and Slee, Bruce, 'Early Australian Optical and Radio Observations of Centaurus A', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 27, no. 4, 2010, pp. 402-30. Details
  • Slee, Bruce, 'Some Memories of the Dover Heights Field Station, 1946-1954', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 517-534. Details
  • Slee, Bruce, 'Early Australian Measurements of Angular Structure in Discrete Radio Sources', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 8, no. 2, 2005, pp. 97-106. Details
  • Stewart, Ronald, Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'Highlighting our History: the World's First Solar Radiospectrograph - Penrith 1948-1949', ATNF news, vol. 68, 2010, pp. 8-11. Details
  • Stewart, Ronald, Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Radiophysics Field Station at Penrith, New South Wales, and the World's first Solar Radiospectrograph', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 13, no. 1, 2010, pp. 2-15. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Australian Solar Eclipse Expeditions of 1947 and 1949', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 11, no. 1, 2008, pp. 71-8. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'W. N. Christiansen and the Development of the Solar Grating Array', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 11, no. 3, 2008, pp. 173-84. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'W. N. Christiansen and the Initial Australian Investigation of the 21cm Hydrogen Line', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 11, no. 3, 2008, pp. 185-93. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'Highlighting our History: Potts Hill Field Station, 1948- 1962', ATNF News , vol. 66, 2009, pp. 10-13. Details

Online Resources

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