Dixon, Robert S. (1939–)

Robert Dixon

Robert Dixon was Assistant Director of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory and Director of its SETI program which currently included the design and construction of the revolutionary Argus radio telescope. It was Dixon who first suggested, to John Kraus, Director of the University's Radio Observatory, the idea of using the Big Ear telescope (now demolished) to look for intelligent extraterrestrial signals. This led to the Ohio SETI Program, which began in 1973 and went on to become the longest-running SETI project so far attempted.


Dixon was also the Chief Research Engineer at Ohio State's University Office of the Chief Information Officer, where he developed Internet-based audio and video services, and wireless computer networks. He obtained a B.S. and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Radio Astronomy from Ohio State.