eCite Digital Repository

Graeme Reade Anthony ('Bill') Ellis 1921-2011


Delbourgo, R and McCulloch, PM, Graeme Reade Anthony ('Bill') Ellis 1921-2011, Historical Records of Australian Science, 24, (1) pp. 96-108. ISSN 0727-3061 (2013) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2013 Australian Academy of Science

DOI: doi:10.1071/HR12020


Graeme Reade Anthony Ellis (universally known as ‘Bill') was a pioneer in the area of low-frequency radio observations. By exploiting Hobart's geomagnetic latitude and the lack of background radio noise there, he was able to make major discoveries at these low frequencies (principally in the frequency range 1–10 MHz). Among the questions he pursued were the propagation/dispersion/reflection of radio waves in the ionosphere and the detection of radio emissions from the Sun, the galactic disk and Jupiter. He built innovative radio receivers and de-dispersers to gain information about the radio sources, for example about the Sun via aurorae and about the influence of Io on the Jovian emissions. It is thanks to Ellis' practical research investigations and clever experimental methods that radio astronomy at the University of Tasmania is today firmly established and internationally recognized.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Delbourgo, R (Professor Robert Delbourgo)
UTAS Author:McCulloch, PM (Professor Peter McCulloch)
ID Code:86241
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2013-08-30
Last Modified:2017-12-07

Repository Staff Only: item control page