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Finding Aid to the Papers of Bernard F. Burke, 1959-2004
|See also the Papers of Woodruff T. Sullivan III, which include two oral interviews with Burke, 45 minutes conducted in 1972 and 50 minutes conducted in 1981, and the Papers of Kenneth I. Kellermann, which include a 21 minute interview with Burke conducted in 2012.
Short description of collection: This collection includes papers of Bernard F. Burke related to his radio astronomy research, to both ground-based and space very long baseline interferometry, including Quasat and RadioAstron, and to his service on a variety of councils and committees.
Biography: Bernard Flood Burke was born on 7 June 1928. He received his undergraduate physics degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1950 and his Ph. D. in physics, also from MIT, in 1953. From 1953-1965 he was a staff member at Carnegie Institution of Washington, engaged primarily in research in radio astronomy, and was Chair of the Radio Astronomy Section from 1962-1965. In 1965 he joined the MIT faculty as Professor of Physics, and is now William A. M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics Emeritus. During his long tenure at MIT he supervised numerous doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers.
Burke's research extends over a large variety of topics. He was co-discoverer in 1955 of radio noise from Jupiter, and his work has included the search for gravitational lenses, ground-based very long baseline interferometry, very long baseline interferometry from space, and the study of exo-planets. Burke is the co-author, along with F. Graham-Smith, of the popular text book, Introduction to Radio Astronomy, which is in its 3rd edition.
Burke was a member of the National Science Foundation Astronomy Advisory Panel from 1958-1963, served on the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Visiting Committee from 1958-1962, and as a Trustee for Associated Universities, Inc. from 1972-1990. He received the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society in 1963, and was the 1998 Jansky Lecturer at NRAO. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Physical Society, the International Astronomical Union, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the International Scientific Radio Union U.S. National Committee - Commission J. He has served on advisory councils and committees for the Keck Telescope, the National Academy of Science, the National Research Council, the National Science Board, the Naval Studies Board, and the Space Science Board. He was a member of the Planetary Systems Working Group and the Towards Other Planetary Systems Scientific Working Group.
Burke died on 5 August 2018.
[Biographical note written by Ellen N. Bouton.]
Publication rights: Copyright has been assigned to The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist.
Preferred citation: National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities, Inc. Archives, Papers of Bernard F. Burke, <series/unit/subunit/box #>. After the initial citation, abbreviations may be used: NRAO/AUI Archives, Burke Papers, <series/unit/subunit/box #>.
Processing notes: Initial inventory of this collection was done in August-September 2011 by Evelyn Braintwain. Final arrangement, description, indexing, foldering and boxing of this material was completed in December 2011. During the processing, photocopies were made to replace thermofax sheets and newspaper clippings, fasteners were removed, and materials were removed from binders of various types. Duplicates were discarded.
Correspondence Series: This series includes general correspondence for the following years: 1964-1965, 1969, 1979, 1981, 1990-1996. See also the other series in the Burke collection, as Burke filed much of his correspondence with relevant topical files. Size: 0.75 linear feet.
Radio Astronomy Research Series: This series contains materials on Burke's radio astronomy research dated 1959-1999. Included are notes, correspondence, reports, meeting materials, charts and figures, and logbooks covering a variety of research topics. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders. See below for separate units on Publications and on Lectures.
Councils and Committees Series: This series includes materials related to Burke's service on councils and committees, and has been divided into 14 units. Material in the units is arranged chronologically.
Space VLBI Series: This series contains correspondence, notes, memos, reports, agendas, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, proposals, photographs, and viewgraphs dated 1976-1996 related to space VLBI. Materials on VSOP are included here. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders. See below for separate units on RadioAstron and Quasat.
Photographs Series: This series contains both scientific photographs and photographs of people and events. Photos are dated 1961-1996; many photos are undated. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders and digitized photographs.