Radio Telescope, Parkes, 1961-


This 64 metre diameter radio telescope was conceived by Dr E G Bowen of the Division of Radiophysics to further its pioneering research.

Designed by Freeman Fox & Partners to a CSIRO specification and commissioned in 1961, it allowed exploration of the universe in greater detail than previously possible.

Acclaimed for its innovative design and precision engineering, many features have been adopted in later radio telescopes.

Excellent engineering, together with advances in electronics and computing have kept the Parkes Observatory at the forefront of radio astronomy.


Marker Type

  • NEL: National Engineering Landmark (to 2008)