Growth and decline of a scientific speacialty: The case of radar meteor research
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 58, Issue 5, pages 273–277, May 1977
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1977), Growth and decline of a scientific speacialty: The case of radar meteor research, Eos Trans. AGU, 58(5), 273–277, doi:10.1029/EO058i005p00273.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
This article traces the rise and eventual decline of a field of research devoted to the study of meteors by radar. It shows how a new experimental tool, radar, provided the impetus for the emergence of a new scientific specialty, and how this specialty later declined after its initial problems had been solved and after most of its participants had moved on to more promising fields. Radar meteor research provides an example of how new fields grow and how scientific developments affect the research careers of scientists.