Wartime Research by Ruby Payne-Scott at the Radiophysics Laboratory

  • W. M. Goss
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


Many of the male scientists of Australia had enlisted and were participating in the war in Europe beginning in September 1939. Thus as Australia became a major target for the Japanese armed forces in December 1941, women scientists had for the first time, an opportunity for employment outside the usual avenues in health services and education. In the 1930s, the University of Sydney Appointments Board had conducted surveys of job advertisements in major Australian newspapers, finding that sex was a major factor for most employers in choosing an applicant. Hence female science graduates were urged to learn to type and perform shorthand (Carey 2002). But Carey then writes of the 1941 Sydney Board:


Radar System Noise Factor Radio Astronomy Radar Station Woman Scientist 
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  • W. M. Goss
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  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatorySocorroUSA

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