Almost 60 years after her retirement in 1951, why is the life of Ruby Payne-Scott of
significance to us? She was a unique scientist working in one of the first major solar
radio astronomy groups after the end of World War II. This fortunate circumstance
was due to the experience she gained working on radar at the major Australian
laboratory during World War II. Payne-Scott was a pioneer Australian scientist
leading the charge for equality of women in the work place.
The first historical test on the theory has been the deflection of light grazing
the solar surface (Eddington 1919): the compatibility of the theory with
this first experiment together with its ability to explain the magnitude of the
perihelion advance of Mercury contributed strongly to boost acceptance and
THERE was a ripple of chimes through the frosty air as Catherine Murchison turned from King's Walk into
Lombard Street, and saw the moon shining white and clear between the black parapets and chimney-stacks of
the old houses. St. Antonia's steeple was giving the hour of three, and a babel of lesser tongues answered from
the silence of the sleeping town. Hoar-frost glittered on the cypresses that stood in a garden bounding the
road, and the roofs were like silver under the hard, moonlit sky.