J. Richard Fisher

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James Richard Fisher
Born (1943-12-10) December 10, 1943 (age 71)
Pittsburgh, PA
Occupation Astronomer, NRAO
Known for Tully-Fisher relation

James Richard Fisher (born December 10, 1943) is a Scientist, Emeritus at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Charlottesville, VA. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1972 from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.S. in Physics in 1965 from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Early Childhood[edit]

Rick was born in Pittsburgh, PA and, at the age of 4, moved with his family to a small farm near Reynoldsville, PA where he attended Sandy Valley Elementary School, West Side Elementary School, and Reynoldsville High School where he graduated in 1961[citation needed]. As a boy he was interested in amateur radio and astronomy which he combined into a career in radio astronomy.

Education and Research[edit]

His PhD thesis was supervised by Prof. William C. Erickson and concerned the design and prototyping for the "TPT" array at the Clark Lake Radio Observatory. Much of Rick's career has involved radio astronomy instrumentation, including telescope feed design, radio frequency interference mitigation, and signal processing. He joined NRAO in 1972 at the Green Bank, WV site. He was part of the team that conceived and designed the 100-meter, offset reflector, Robert C. Byrd (GBT) radio telescope in Green Bank, WV. He moved to the Central Development Lab at the Charlottesville, VA NRAO headquarters in 2005, where he retired in 2012 but continues to be active in instrumentation projects.

In 1978 through 1980 he spent 18 months at the Radiophysics Laboratory of CSIRO in Sydney, Australia, and on the return trip spent 2 months at the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, India.

Fisher, along with R. Brent Tully, proposed the now-famous Tully-Fisher relation in the paper, A New Method of Determining Distances to Galaxies (published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 54, No. 3, February 1977).

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