Forschungskolloquium zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Communication with (Extra)Terrestrial Intelligence: Radio Astronomers in the Context of the Cold War (1960-1976)

16:00 - 18:00
TU Hauptgebäude, Straße des 17. Juni 135, Raum H3013 oder über Zoom
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle
Lecturing Person
Gabriela Radulescu

During the early days of the Space Age, extraterrestrial intelligence became a scientifically legitimate subject. Radio astronomy stood at the center of a cluster of disciplines that allowed humans to investigate the question of the existence of other civilizations in the universe. As such, the idea of communication through radio waves across the interstellar space took over the imagination of scientists. Based on archival work and oral history methods, I will show how scientists in the Soviet Union pioneered this domain in the 1960s.

About Gabriela Radulescu:

Gabriela Radulescu is a PhD student in the history of science at the Technical University of Berlin. She is trained in the History of Ideas and Science (MA, University of Iceland, Reykjavik), Social Anthropology (MA, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest), and Philosophy (BA, Bucharest University). Before starting her current PhD degree, she won the ‘Sixth Russian-European Research Papers Competition for Graduate and Postgraduate Students’, St. Petersburg, Russia in 2019 with the current research topic.


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