Robert Hanbury Brown

Robert Hanbury Brown ( born August 31, 1916 in Aruvankadu, India, † January 16, 2002 in Andover, Hampshire, England ) was an English physicist and radio astronomer.

Brown studied at the University of London in 1935 and made his Master of Science. From 1936 to 1942 he was with the Air Ministry in charge of the development of radar. In 1942 he went for three years after Washington, DC, to work in the joint research group with American colleagues. After the Second World War, he was employed by the Ministry of Supply, where he was responsible for the construction of suitable telecommunication equipment.

Between 1949 and 1964, Brown was a professor of physics at the University of Manchester. There he developed the early devices for radio astronomy, which were applied outside in the Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory something from Manchester, including the Intensitätsinterferometer, without regard to colleagues who had regarded this unit as impossibility. From 1964 to 1981 he worked at the University of Sydney.

Robert Hanbury was 1982-1985 President of the International Astronomical Union.


  • Physicist ( 20th century)
  • University teachers ( University of Manchester )
  • University teachers (University of Sydney )
  • Member of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Briton
  • Born 1916
  • Died in 2002
  • Man