[Kraus in Ohio State classroom, 1970s]
Kraus in Ohio State classroom, helical antenna in background; 1970s. (NRAO/AUI/NSF image)

[Kraus at Big Ear antenna, late-1960s]
Ohio State radio telescope, "Big Ear". (NRAO/AUI/NSF image)

[Kraus high school graduation photo, 1926]
Kraus high school graduation photo, 1926. (NRAO/AUI/NSF image)


Papers of John Daniel Kraus

Finding Aid to the Papers of John Daniel Kraus. John D. Kraus (1910-2004) worked at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and at Harvard's Radio Research Laboratory during World War II, and joined the faculty at Ohio State University in 1946. He was a professor of electrical engineering and astronomy, and founded and directed the Ohio State University Radio Observatory, where he designed and built the "Big Ear" radio telescope. His antenna designs include the bi-directional wire beam antenna, the corner reflector, and the helical antenna, used in communication and global positioning satellites. Kraus wrote Antennas, Radio Astronomy, and other titles, as well as the autobiographical Big Ear. He was a long-time radio amateur, licensed as W8JK. Kraus served on the National Science Foundation panel, convened in 1954, that wrote the initial feasibility study for a national radio astronomy facility and recommended Green Bank WV as the site for what became National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Among his many awards and recognitions were the 1985 Edison Medal and the 1990 Heinrich Hertz Medal, both from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The Kraus papers include family and professional correspondence and papers, notes and papers on antenna design, drafts of books and professional publications, awards and certificates, photographs, materials on the Kraus Wilderness Preserve, and other materials covering a period from 1895 until John Kraus' death in 2004.

See also the complete listing of Kraus' publications, 1933-2004.


Modified on Wednesday, 29-Dec-2010 15:01:36 EST by Ellen Bouton