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From the Archives: Ruby Payne-Scott, pioneer of Radio Astronomy

In “From the Archives,” I bring back some of the posts from my earlier blogs.

This one was written in March 2009 in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day and women in science. I had first heard of Payne-Scott from Miller Goss, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory when I was an undergraduate research intern. Since then, Ruby Payne-Scott has received wider notoriety, including a Google Doodle for her 100th birthday. You can read all about her in the 2013 book by Goss, Making Waves: The Story of Ruby Payne-Scott: Australian Pioneer Radio Astronomer.

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, where bloggers have pledged to write about their favorite woman in technology, I am compelled to share a little bit of the story of Ruby Payne-Scott.  It is only in the last few years, due in large part to NRAO scientist Miller Goss, that her great story has come to light.  I’ve twice seen talks by Miller on the extraordinary life of this woman, and hope to see what more information they uncover about her in the future!

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