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One of the pioneers of Australian radio astronomy, Owen Bruce Slee, has died in Australia aged 92. Once part of a team whose work brought conflict with famous British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, Slee had just been honoured by the International Astronomical Union, which named Minor Planet 9391 Slee after him. In the 1950s, …

  1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

    Rest In Peace unsung hero of science

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Say hello to Sir Patrick Moore when you bump into him.


  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "[...] and lined it with metal strips scavenged from packing cases."

    That's a novel use of a recycled material from the standard "tea chest" box. Used by DIY people in the 1950s as a source of thin plywood. They had a lovely smell too - as the grocery shops never managed to empty all the corners of tea.**

    ** in those days even big grocery UK chains like "Maypole", or "Home and Colonial", would still sell tea and butter they had packaged by hand in the shop.

    1. Hollerithevo

      Tea chests

      Yes, they were fantastic. The plywood was endlessly useful and the whole boxes could be used as light-weight laundry receptacles (with built-in fragrance) or, upended, could with an old door become a useful table.

      Why, yes I was a student in the 1980s. Why do you ask?

      1. The March Hare

        Re: Tea chests

        and with a broomstick and a bit of string you could make a bass!

  4. hplasm Silver badge

    Another Bruce (S)lee gone

    Another master sadly missed.

  5. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Sorry to hear of his death, but he has had a very good innings. I will raise a glass this evening

  6. FieldOfCandles

    Candle lit in the Field of Candles

    We lit a digital candle for Vale Owen Bruce Slee.

    Light a candle for him or someone else who passed away and share that in social media with your friends and family.

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