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Biographical entry Mills, Bernard Yarnton (1920 - 2011)


8 August 1920
Sydney?, New South Wales, Australia
Physicist and Radioastronomer


Bernard Mills was Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sydney 1965-1985 and earlier Reader 1960-1965. As a Senior Principal Research Officer in the Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO 1957-1960, he helped design and build the Mills Cross Radiotelescope, Hoskinstown, New South Wales.


Born 8 August 1920. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1959, Fellow, Royal Society 1963.


Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), England

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Bernard Yarnton Mills - Records, 1925 - 1972, DeB 584; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Bernard Yarnton Mills - Records, 1944 - 1985, P 154; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details
  • Frater, Robert H., Goss, Miller and Wendt, Harry, Four pillars of radio astronomy: Mills, Christiansen, Wild and Bracewell, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2017, 199 pp. Details
  • The Radiophysics Laboratory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, A Textbook of Radar, Angus & Robertson, Sydney; London, 1947, 579 pp. Author of Chapter 14. Details

Book Sections

  • Mills, B. Y., 'Radio sources and the log N-log controversy', in Sullivan, W. T. (ed.), The early years of radio astronomy: reflections fifty years after Jansky's discovery, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, 1984, pp. 147-66. Details

Journal Articles

  • Christiansen, W. N.; Mills, B.Y., 'Biographical Memoirs [Joseph Lade Pawsey, including publications]', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 9, 1964, pp. 137-141. Details
  • Frater, R. H., Goss, W. M. and Wendt, H. W., 'Bernard Yarnton Mills 1920-2011', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 294-315. Details
  • Frater, R. H., Goss, W. M. and Wendt, H. W., 'Bernard Yarnton Mills AC FAA. 8 August 1920 - 25 April 2011', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows: Royal Society of London, vol. 59, 2013, pp. 215-39. Details
  • Mills, Bernard, 'An Engineer Becomes Astronomer', Annual Review of Astronomy & Astrophysics, vol. 44, 2006, pp. 1-15. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.