NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY ARCHIVES
Papers of Grote Reber
Finding Aid to the Papers of Grote Reber. Grote Reber (1911-2002), the "father" of radio astronomy, built the first radio telescope in his back yard in Wheaton IL in 1937.
The papers cover the period 1910-1999, and document the career, research, and personal life of Grote Reber, who designed and built the world’s first radio telescope in 1937, and established radio astronomy as a key sub-discipline of astronomy. The collection includes materials on design and construction of his original telescope in Wheaton and its 1959-1960 reconstruction at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank WV, as well as his telescopes in Haleakala HI, and Tasmania. His interest and research in radio astronomy and in other fields, including archeology, botany, electronics, ionospherics, and meteorology, continued nearly until the time of his death in 2002. The papers consist of correspondence, technical and research materials on radio astronomy and a wide variety of other topics, manuscripts and published papers, speeches, ham radio materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials. See also the complete listing of Reber's publications, 1935-1995, and the listing of digitized photos with links to the photos.
NRAO is the repository for Reber's papers and equipment. The papers are in the Archives in Charlottesville, VA, and equipment is at NRAO's Green Bank Science Center. There are additional unindexed materials still in Tasmania which are not accessible to researchers at this time.
In January 2008 University of Tasmania opened a museum dedicated to Grote Reber. Click here for an audio tour of the museum, an ABC Radio National program from 12 June 2008.