RH 9 14 186 124 88 160 114 11:16, October 6, 2012 (UTC)Arecibo message explainedRH 9 14 186 124 88 160 114 10:48, October 2, 2012 (UTC)Cornell University's 1,000-ft (305-meter) Arecibo dish began as a UHF radar managed by a civilian institution, Cornell University, but funded by the military. The (Air Force) Rome Air Development Center largely funded Cornell ionospheric research, and the original purpose of the Arecibo telescope was to conduct ionospheric research. The Arecibo facility started in the mind of William E. Gordon, Cornell professor of electrical engineering, who had devised a new incoherent scatter technique for studying electrons in the upper levels of the ionosphere by bombarding them with powerful radar waves. He worked on the technique with Cornell electrical engineering colleagues Henry Booker, his dissertation advisor, and Ben Nichols, both of whom shared Gordon's interest in ionospheric research.

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