Radio Astronomy Laboratory


The Radio Astronomy Lab (RAL) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) within the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley. It was founded by faculty member Harold Weaver in 1958. Until 2012, RAL maintained a radio astronomy observatory at Hat Creek, near Mt. Lassen.[1] It continues to support on-campus laboratory facilities in Campbell Hall. From 1998 to 2012, the RAL collaborated with the SETI Institute of Mountain View California to design, build and operate the Allen Telescope Array (ATA).

RAL has been central to the creation of several radio observatories, including:

Research InterestsEdit


  • Carl Heiles (director, 2010-current)
  • Donald Backer (director, 2008–2010), deceased
  • Leo Blitz (director, 1996–2008)
  • William "Jack" Welch (director, 1972–1996), retired
  • Harold Weaver (director, 1958–1972), retired

Current Faculty[3]Edit

Senior Scientific Staff[4]Edit

  • Dick Plambeck
  • Melvyn Wright

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Radio Astronomy Laboratory". UC Berkeley Regents.
  2. ^ Sanders, Robert. "UC Berkeley passes management of Allen Telescope Array to SRI". UC Berkeley News Center. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ "RAL People". UC Berkeley Regents. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ "RAL People". UC Berkeley Regents. Retrieved 26 November 2012.

External linksEdit

  • RAL homepage
  • RAL 50th anniversary symposium