Karl Guthe,1905–50, U.S. engineer: pioneer in radio astronomy.

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British Dictionary definitions for karl jansky


noun plural -skys

a unit of flux density equal to 10 –26 W m –2 Hz –1, used predominantly in radio and infrared astronomySymbol: Jy

Word Origin for jansky

C20: named after K. G. Jansky



Karl Guthe 1905–50, US electrical engineer. He discovered a source of radio waves outside the solar system (1932) and pioneered radio astronomy
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