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Biographical entry Bracewell, Ronald Newbold (1921 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Electrical engineer


Ronald Bracewell worked in the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory during World War II and 1949-1954. He then moved to the United States of America, where he joined the Electrical Engineering faculty of Stanford University in 1955. His publications include The fourier Transform and its Applications (1965, 2nd ed. 1978).


Born Sydney, 1921. Educated Universities of Sydney (BSc 1941, BE 1943, ME 1948) and Cambridge (PhD 1949). Designed and developed microwave radar equipment, CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory during World War II, Senior Research Officer 1949-54, lecturer in radio astronomy, Berkeley Astronomy Department, University of California 1954-55, Electrical Engineering Faculty, Stanford University from 1955, Lewis M. Terman Professor and Fellow in Electrical Engineering from 1974. Duddell Premium, Institution of Electrical Engineers, London 1952.

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Published resources


  • Frater, Robert H., Goss, Miller and Wendt, Harry, Four pillars of radio astronomy: Mills, Christiansen, Wild and Bracewell (Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2017), 199 pp. Details
  • The Radiophysics Laboratory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, A Textbook of Radar (Sydney; London: Angus & Robertson, 1947), 579 pp. Author of Chapter 6. Details

Book Sections

  • Bracewell, R. N., 'Early work on imaging theory in radio astronomy' in The early years of radio astronomy: reflections fifty years after Jansky's discovery, Sullivan, W. T., ed. (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp. 167-90. Details

Journal Articles

  • Thompson, A. Richard and Frater, Robert H., 'Ronald N. Bracewell: an Appreciation.', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 13 (2010), 172-8. Details


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