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Biographical entry Kerr, Frank John (1918 - 2000)

8 January 1918
St Albans, England
15 September 2000
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
Radiophysicist and Astronomer


Frank Kerr started his career in the CSIR Radiophysics Laboratory. He later moved to the University of Maryland, USA. He still maintained his interest in southern hemisphere astronomy.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics completed at the University of Melbourne
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1940 - 1966
Career position - Research Physicist at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)/CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Radiophysics
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1963 - 1966
Career position - Senior Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics
1966 - 1968
Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, USA
1968 - 1987
Career position - Professor at the University of Maryland, USA
1973 - 1978
Career position - Director of the astronomy program at the University of Maryland, USA
1983 - 1995
Career position - Director of the Division of Space Physics of the Universities' Space Research Association

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Kerr, F. J., 'The early days of radio and radar astronomy in Australia' 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), p. 952125485X. Details

Journal Articles

  • Kerr, F. J., 'Obituary: Colin Stanley Gum', Australian Journal of Science, 23 (4) (1960), 115. 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, 18 (3) (2015), 285-311. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Kerr, Valerie, 'Obituary: Dr Frank John Kerr', The Age (2000). Details


Resource Sections

McCarthy, G.J.