George W. Swenson established radio astronomy at Illinois | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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Professor George W. Swenson Jr. established radio astronomy at Illinois with the Vermilion River Observatory (1959-1981), located near Danville. Swenson designed and oversaw construction of a 400 by 600 foot parabolic cylinder, a 120-foot dish, and several smaller instruments. Researchers at the observatory cataloged radio sources within and beyond the Milky Way, carried out spectroscopy of sources in star forming regions, and contributed to image synthesis as part of the Very Long Baseline Interferometry network of observatories.

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Jan 03, 1959 to Jan 03, 1981
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George W. Swenson established radio astronomy at Illinois