The Cavendish Computors: The women working in scientific computing for Radio Astronomy [article]

Verity Allan
2022 arXiv   pre-print
A discussion of the history of scientific computing for Radio Astronomy in the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in the decades after the Second World War. This covers the development of the aperture synthesis technique for Radio Astronomy and how that required using the new computing technology developed by the University's Mathematical Laboratory: the EDSAC, EDSAC 2 and TITAN computers. It looks at the scientific advances made by the Radio Astronomy group, particularly the
more » ... sembling of evidence which contradicted the Steady State Hypothesis. It also examines the software advances that allowed bigger telescopes to be built: the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and the degridding algorithm. Throughout, the contribution of women is uncovered, from the diagrams they drew for scientific publications, through programming and operating computers, to writing scientific papers.
arXiv:2205.07267v2 fatcat:xxxinnz5engtbj4ehf6jsifyhu