Women in science we admire

Ruby Payne-Scott

Ruby Payne-Scott nominated by Simon Ellingsen

Ruby Payne-Scott was a pioneer of radio astronomy.  She started in the field working on radar systems during world war II and after the war worked with CSIRO in what was then the new field of Radio Astronomy.  She had to hide the fact that she was married to continue working with CSIRO, but despite all the impediments placed in her way she made major contributions to the field, in particular the discovery of some of the different types of solar radio bursts and work on the first every radio interferometer (the Dover Heights sea-cliff interferometer in Sydney).