Kerr, Frank John
BornSaint Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 8 January 1918
DiedSilver Spring, Maryland, USA, 15 September 2000
Australian-American radio astronomer Frank J. Kerr was the first to map out the gas disk of the half of the Galaxy visible from the Southern Hemisphere, demonstrating the existence of spiral arms, a warp in the gas disk, and some evidence for net expansion. Joined to a northern map made in the Netherlands by Gart Westerhout, this provided the definitive picture of the Milky Way as a rotating spiral for many years.
Kerr studied physics at the University of Melbourne, receiving his BSc degree in 1938 and his MSc degree in 1940. He then became a staff member at the Radiophysics Laboratory in Sydney, Australia, continuing his affiliation until 1968; Joseph Pawsey was his key mentor during these years at the Radiophysics Laboratory. Kerr held research posts at Harvard University (where he also earned an MA in astronomy in 1951), Leiden University, and the University of Texas and in 1962 ...
- Kerr, F. J. (1952). “On the Possibility of Obtaining Radar Echoes from the Sun and Planets.” Proceedings of the I.R.E. 40: 660–666.
- Kerr, F. J., J. V. Hindman, and B. J. Robinson (1954). “Observations of the 21 cm Line from the Magellanic Clouds.” Australian Journal of Physics 7: 297–314.
- Oort, J. H., F. J. Kerr, and G. Westerhout (1958). “The Galactic System as a Spiral Nebula.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 118: 379–389.
- Sullivan III, Woodruff T. (1988). “Frank Kerr and Radio Waves: From Wartime Radar to Interstellar Atoms.” In The Outer Galaxy, edited by L. Blitz and F. J. Lockman, pp. 268–287. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
- Westerhout, Gart (2000). “Frank John Kerr, 1918–2000.” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 32: 1674–1676.
- Kerr, Frank John
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
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- 7. University of Oklahoma
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- 1120. Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
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