Parkes Radio Telescope, 1961-

From Engineering Heritage New South Wales


This 64 metre diameter radio telescope was conceived by Dr E G Bowen of the Division of Radiophysics to further its pioneering research.

Designed by Freeman Fox & Partners to a CSIRO specification and commissioned in 1961, it allowed exploration of the universe in greater detail than previously possible.

Acclaimed for its innovative design and precision engineering, many features have been adopted in later radio telescopes. Excellent engineering, together with advances in electronics and computing have kept the Parkes Observatory at the forefront of radio astronomy.


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Engineering Heritage Recognition Program

Marker Type National Engineering Landmark (NEL)
Award Date 1995 (Wikipedia: NSW State Heritage Register Date)
Prominent People Edward George "Taffy" Bowen, Gilbert Roberts, Mike Jeffrey, Barnes Wallace, Harry Minnett, John Bolton, Frank Kerr, John Shimmins, Jack Rothwell
Nomination Document Available here
Ceremony Booklet MISSING
Interpretation Panel None installed
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