[Cover of Sullivan's book 2009, Cosmic Noise]
Sullivan's Cosmic Noise, Cambridge University Press, 2009


Papers of Woodruff T. Sullivan III: Tapes Series

Interviewee: Robert Hanbury Brown

Robert Hanbury Brown, 1916-2002. Interviewed 26 August and 30 August 1976 at Grenoble, length of interview: 100 minutes.

Sullivan's brief summary of topics: 1936-45 work with Watson-Watt on radar; 1949+ at Jodrell Bank with 218 ft fixed dish and various interferometers; the intensity interferometery in the radio and optical; physics debates thereover; move to Australia to build Narrabri instrument and accomplishments there; comments on optical astronomy conservatism regarding new techniques and on how one proceeds in science (very good); specific scientific results 1952-1960 on normal galaxies and radio sources, supernova remnants, models for galactic background, distribution of radio sources, etc.

Sullivan's files include: archival material, Sullivan's notes, publications card, transcription of Sullivan's interview (partially reviewed and edited by Sullivan), correspondence with Sullivan, photo.

See the Listing of Conferences and Lectures for Hanbury Brown's 1982 talk on history.

Modified on Wednesday, 21-Sep-2011 15:45:46 EDT by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)