Reber Radio Telescope

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, NE of Green Bank on WV 28, Green Bank, West Virginia


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Photo of Reber Telescope at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.

Photo taken by Brian M. Powell

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Designed and built in 1937 by Grote Reber, this is the first parabolic antenna specifically designed and built to do research in the newly emerging field of radio astronomy. An amateur astronomer and electronics expert, Reber was from 1937 until after World War II was the world's only active radio astronomer. His telescope design is the forerunner of the majority of present-day radio telescopes. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 20, 1989

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1972
Reference number
Areas of significance
Science; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Research facility
Current function
Research facility
Period of significance
Significant years
1937; 1939

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2015: New photos from Jim Allen
  • January 13, 2015: Photo imported by Michael Miller