The 1962 Bruce Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has been awarded to Grote Reber, known for his pioneering work in radio astronomy. He received his bachelor's degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1933, after which he did graduate work in physics at the University of Chicago. His interest in the sources of radio noise led him to construct a radio telescope in 1937, and for several years he was the only investigator engaged in the new field of radio astronomy, which had been opened by Karl Jansky in 1932.

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