The Institute for Radio Astronomy (IRA) is part of the National Institute for Astrophysics, a public research organisation supervised by the Italian Ministry for University and Research. IRA was created in 1970 by the National Research Council (CNR) from a pre-existing group of scientists, engineers and technicians who designed and built the Northern Cross radio telescope under the guidance of Prof. Marcello Ceccarelli, the father of radio astronomy in Italy. Since January 2005 IRA is part of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).  The institute is currently located in three divisions: the headquarters are located in Bologna and two other divisions of the Institute are located at the radio telescopes sites, near Medicina (Bologna) and Noto (Siracusa). 

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