[Burke, August 1993]
Bernard Burke, June 2007. NRAO/AUI image.


[Burke, August 1993]
Bernard Burke, August 1993. NRAO/Burke papers.


[Burke at South Pole, 1996]
Burke at South Pole, 1996. NRAO/Burke papers.


[Burke at NRAO 300ft groundbreaking, 1961]
Burke at NRAO 300ft groundbreaking, 1961. NRAO/AUI image


[Burke, 1995]
Burke, 1995. NRAO/Burke papers.


NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid to the Papers of Bernard F. Burke, 1959-2004

See also the Papers of Woodruff T. Sullivan III, which include two oral interviews with Burke, 45 minutes conducted in 1972 and 50 minutes conducted in 1981, and the Papers of Kenneth I. Kellermann, which include a 21 minute interview with Burke conducted in 2012.

Contents:

Location of collection: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Archives, 520 Edgemont Rd., Charlottesville, VA. Phone: 1-434-296-0203, email: archivist at nrao.edu

Title and dates of the collection: Papers of Bernard F. Burke, 1959-2004.

Size of the collection: 16.5 linear feet.

Papers/Records created by: Burke, Bernard F. (1928- )

Short description of collection: This collection includes papers of Bernard F. Burke related to his radio astronomy research, to both ground-based and space very long baseline interferometry, including Quasat and RadioAstron, and to his service on a variety of councils and committees.

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Selected search terms:

  • Burke, Bernard F., 1928-
  • Very long baseline interferometry
  • Orbiting astronomical observatories
  • RadioAstron
  • Quasat

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Biography: Bernard Flood Burke was born on 7 June 1928. He received his undergraduate physics degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1950 and his Ph. D. in physics, also from MIT, in 1953. From 1953-1965 he was a staff member at Carnegie Institution of Washington, engaged primarily in research in radio astronomy, and was Chair of the Radio Astronomy Section from 1962-1965. In 1965 he joined the MIT faculty as Professor of Physics, and is now William A. M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics Emeritus. During his long tenure at MIT he supervised numerous doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers.

Burke's research extends over a large variety of topics. He was co-discoverer in 1955 of radio noise from Jupiter, and his work has included the search for gravitational lenses, ground-based very long baseline interferometry, very long baseline interferometry from space, and the study of exo-planets. Burke is the co-author, along with F. Graham-Smith, of the popular text book, Introduction to Radio Astronomy, which is in its 3rd edition.

Burke was a member of the National Science Foundation Astronomy Advisory Panel from 1958-1963, served on the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Visiting Committee from 1958-1962, and as a Trustee for Associated Universities, Inc. from 1972-1990. He received the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society in 1963, and was the 1998 Jansky Lecturer at NRAO. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Physical Society, the International Astronomical Union, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the International Scientific Radio Union U.S. National Committee - Commission J. He has served on advisory councils and committees for the Keck Telescope, the National Academy of Science, the National Research Council, the National Science Board, the Naval Studies Board, and the Space Science Board. He was a member of the Planetary Systems Working Group and the Towards Other Planetary Systems Scientific Working Group.

[Biographical note written by Ellen N. Bouton.]

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Accession history: Materials were donated by Bernard F. Burke in July-September 2011.

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Access to collection: No restrictions. The Archives are open part-time; contact the Archivist for appointment.

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Restrictions on use of collection: None.

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Publication rights: Copyright has been assigned to The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item, box, and file], Papers of Bernard F. Burke. Archives, National Radio Astronomy Observatory / Associated Universities, Inc. / National Science Foundation. After the initial citation, abbreviations may be used: B.F. Burke Papers, NRAO Archives, NRAO/AUI/NSF.

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Processing notes: Initial inventory of this collection was done in August-September 2011 by Evelyn Braintwain. Final arrangement, description, indexing, foldering and boxing of this material was completed in December 2011. During the processing, photocopies were made to replace thermofax sheets and newspaper clippings, fasteners were removed, and materials were removed from binders of various types. Duplicates were discarded.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

Correspondence Series: This series includes general correspondence for the following years: 1964-1965, 1969, 1979, 1981, 1990-1996. See also the other series in the Burke collection, as Burke filed much of his correspondence with relevant topical files. Size: 0.75 linear feet.

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Radio Astronomy Research Series: This series contains materials on Burke's radio astronomy research dated 1959-1999. Included are notes, correspondence, reports, meeting materials, charts and figures, and logbooks covering a variety of research topics. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. See below for separate units on Publications and on Lectures.

  • Publications Unit: This unit has been divided into two subunits:

    • Burke Publications Subunit: This subunit includes reprints of papers published 1969-2003 on which Burke was an author, as well as book reviews authored by Burke in 1977-1979. Size: 0.5 linear feet.

    • Collected Publications Subunit: This subunit includes publications dated 1969-2003 received or collected by Burke. Material includes reprints, preprints, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Although some materials were requested by Burke, there are many for which it is unclear whether they were received unsolicited or were received in response to his requests. Others, such as the newspaper and magazine clippings, were clearly collected by him. Burke grouped the clippings topically, and that arrangement has been retained. Burke publications and collected reprints have been arranged chronologically. Size: 1.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Lectures Unit: This unit includes notes, viewgraphs, and transcripts for lectures given by Burke from 1983-1992. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

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Councils and Committees Series: This series includes materials related to Burke's service on councils and committees, and has been divided into 14 units. Material in the units is arranged chronologically.

  • International Space Year Unit: Materials are dated 1986-1988. Size: 0.25 linear feet.

  • Keck Telescope Unit: Materials are dated 1988-2004. Size: 1.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • MIT SERC Science Advisory Committee Unit: Materials are all dated 1992. Size: 0.25 linear feet.

  • NASA Planetary Astronomy Committee Unit: One folder of undated material.

  • National Academy of Science Unit: Materials are dated 1972-1992. Size: 8 folders. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • National Research Council Unit: Materials are dated 1985-1991. Size: 3 folders. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • National Science Board Unit: Materials are dated 1967-1993. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Naval Studies Board Unit: Materials are dated 1982-1991. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Nomination Committees Unit: Materials are dated 1974-1995. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Planetary Systems Science Working Group (PSSWG) Unit: Materials are dated 1987-1994. Size: 1.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Space Science Board Unit: Materials are dated 1979-1995. Size: 1.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • Toward Other Planetary Systems (TOPS) Scientific Working Group Unit: Materials are dated 1989-1993. Size: 3.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.

  • West Ford Committee Unit: Two folders of material dated 1961-1964.

  • Visiting Committees Unit: One folder on Bartol Research Institute Visiting Committee, one folder on Dartmouth Physics and Astronomy Review Committee, and one folder on the Visiting Committee to Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washongton. All materials are dated 1994.

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Space VLBI Series: This series contains correspondence, notes, memos, reports, agendas, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, proposals, photographs, and viewgraphs dated 1976-1996 related to space VLBI. Materials on VSOP are included here. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. See below for separate units on RadioAstron and Quasat. Related materials: See also materials in the Records of National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

  • RadioAstron Unit: This unit includes material dated 1981-1998 on RadioAstron, an international space VLBI project led by the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, Russia. Size: 1.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. Related materials: See also materials in the Records of National Radio Astronomy Observatory and in the Papers of Kenneth I. Kellermann.

  • Quasat Unit: Quasat was to be an Earth-orbiting radio antenna used in conjunction with ground-based Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) networks in Europe, the USA, the USSR, and Australia. Initial discussions began in 1982; planning ended in 1988. This unit includes reports, correspondence, and meeting materials dated 1982-1989. Size: 1.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. Related materials: See also materials in the Records of National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

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Photographs Series: This series contains both scientific photographs and photographs of people and events. Photos are dated 1961-1996; many photos are undated. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.


Modified on Wednesday, 04-Jun-2014 16:28:11 EDT by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)