NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY ARCHIVES
Papers of Paul A. Vanden Bout
Paul Adrian Vanden Bout was born on 16 June 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his A.B. from Calvin College in 1961 and his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, in 1966. After post-doctoral fellowships at University of California, Berkeley, and at Columbia University, he taught at Columbia from September 1968-June 1970. He joined the astronomy faculty at University of Texas at Austin in July 1970, and was Professor of Astronomy from September 1979 through December 1984, Associate Director for Millimeter Wave Science 1975-1984, and Chair of the Department of Astronomy from 1978-1982.
Vanden Bout became Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory on 1 January 1985 and served until 31 May 2002. At the time he became Director, the VLBA project was in the final stages of approval. The Report of Subcommittee on Millimeter- and Submillimeter- Wavelength Astronomy, chaired by Alan Barrett, had just identified the need for a large millimeter array. Vanden Bout's directorship included the construction of both the VLBA and the GBT, the linkage of the VLBA Pie Town antenna with the VLA, planning for and initiation of the EVLA project, the undertaking of the NVSS and FIRST surveys, the design and development of the MMA, and the evolution of the MMA into ALMA. He played a key role in forging the ALMA partnership, and funding for ALMA construction was approved before he stepped down as Director.
He was a Senior Scientist at NRAO from 2003 until his retirement on 30 September 2010, and during that time served also as Interim Director for ALMA from June 2002 through March 2003, and Interim Head of the North American ALMA Science Center from June 2004 through December 2005.
This collection includes Paul Vanden Bout's papers from as the 1983 Advisory Committee on Site Selection for the VLBA Operations Center, as well as his working papers on the Millimeter Array and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. His papers as NRAO Director are included with Director's Office materials in the Records of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.