Smerd, Stefan Friedrich
BornVienna, Austria, 28 July 1916
DiedSydney, New South Wales, Australia, 20 December 1978
Stefan Friedrich Smerd, known to his astronomical colleagues worldwide as Steve Smerd, is best remembered as a brilliant theorist, who made major contributions at international conferences but published comparatively little during a long and active research career in radio astronomy.
Steve Smerd was the second son of the Vienna mathematician Rudolf Smerd and his wife Marie. He began studying physics at the Technische Hochschule, but in 1939, with the political situation in Europe worsening by the day, he and his brother moved to England. There he obtained B.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of Liverpool. For part of World War II, he worked at the Admiralty Signals Establishment on radar, and in 1946 this led to a position with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Division of Radiophysics in Sydney, Australia.
Smerd began working with Joseph Pawsey, the leader of...
- Pawsey, J. L. and Smerd, S. F. (1953). Solar radio emission. In Kuiper, G.P. (ed.). The Sun. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. pp. 466–531.Google Scholar
- Robertson, P. (2002). Smerd, Stefan Friedrich (1916–1978). Australian Dictionary of Biography. volume 16. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press.Google Scholar