[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: Frank J. Kerr

Frank J. Kerr, 1918-2000.

  • Interviewed 3 October 1971 while traveling from Washington D.C. to Charlottesville, Virginia, length of interview: 135 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: 1945 (and some mention of Southworth and Hey and other radar during the war) to "commissioning" of Parkes' 210 ft in 1961. History of CSIRO including research - cliff interferometer and other early work at those seaside field stations (still need to talk about Fleurs, Potts Hill, etc), moon radar, 21-cm confirmation, development of Australian radio astronomy in general, story of Parkes dish and Bowen-Mills-Christiansen antagonism, J. Pawsey as a man and a teacher.

  • Interviewed 8 June 1972 at Sullivan's home in Winsum, Holland, length of interview: 14 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Fills in 10/3/1971 interview with details on early work done at CSIRO field stations at Fleurs, Dapto, Potts Hill, etc (a third session on all of his 1950s and 1960s 21-cm work and what Parkes dish did in first 5 years is still needed).

  • Interviewed 25 February 1976 at the University of Maryland, length of interview: 45 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: His own 21-cm work 1951-1965 including initial studies of Magellanic Clouds, first and second southern H I galactic surveys, H I structure, rotation curve (lII, bII), warp of plane, etc; other odd galactic projects in continuum also.

Sullivan's files include: Publications card, Sullivan's notes, transcription of Sullivan's three interviews (reviewed and edited by Sullivan and Kerr), correspondence with Sullivan, archival material, photos.

See the Listing of Conferences and Lectures for Kerr's 1981 talk on history.

Modified on Wednesday, 21-Sep-2011 15:38:00 EDT by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)