Biographical entry Alexander, Elizabeth (1908 - 1959)
- 13 December 1908
Merton, Surrey, England
- Geologist and Radio astronomer
Elizabeth Alexander was a geologist and radio astronomer who worked in radar in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II.
She identified the 'Norfolk Island Effect', the phenomenon of a great increase in signal noise just before dawn.
- Education - B. Sc. in Geology from Newnham College, Cambridge, with first class honours
- Education - Ph.D. in Geology from Newnham College, Cambridge
- Life event - Emigrated to New Zealand with children to avoid conflict in Malaya
- 1942 - 1945
- Career position - Head of the Operations Research Section of the Radio Development Laboratory, Wellington Operations Research Section of the Radio Development Laboratory
- Orchiston, W., 'Dr Elizabeth Alexander: first female radio astronomer' in The new astronomy: opening the electromagnetic window and expanding our view of planet earth. A meeting to honor Woody Sullivan on his 60th birthday, Orchiston, W., ed. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2005), pp. 71-92. Details
Created: 4 January 2012, Last modified: 3 October 2012