Martin Ryle, 27 September 1918 - 14 October 1984

  title={Martin Ryle, 27 September 1918 - 14 October 1984},
  author={Francis Graham-Smith},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={495 - 524}
  • F. Graham-Smith
  • Published 1986
  • Medicine
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Sir Martin Ryle, Nobel Laureate and Astronomer Royal, was a founding father of radio astronomy, inventor of aperture synthesis in radio telescopes and the first to appreciate the major contribution that radio astronomy can make to observational cosmology. He lived through an epic period of scientific history, starting his career in the turmoil of wartime electronic countermeasures, and turning eventually to a deep concern about the future of mankind in the age of nuclear power and warfare. He… Expand
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The SETI episode in the 1967 discovery of pulsars
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Radio telescopes of large resolving power.
  • M. Ryle
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • 1975
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The application of interferometric methods in radio astronomy
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Most Secret War
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A new radio interferometer and its application to the observation of weak radio stars
  • M. Ryle
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1952
A new type of radio interferometer has been developed which has a number of important advantages over earlier systems. Its use enables the radiation from a weak 'point’ source such as a radio star toExpand
Evidence for the Stellar Origin of Cosmic Rays
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The synthesis of large radio telescopes by the use of radio interferometers
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Radio astronomy and cosmology
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The 5-km Radio Telescope at Cambridge
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The generation of radio-frequency radiation in the sun
  • M. Ryle
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1948
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