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Biographical entry Christiansen, Wilbur Norman (Chris) (1913 - 2007)

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Born
9 August 1913
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
26 April 2007
Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Electrical engineer

Summary

Wilbur Norman Christiansen (Chris) was Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney 1960-1978, and published in the fields of radioastronomy and radiotelescope design.

Details

Born Melbourne, 9 August 1913. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1934, MSc 1935, DSc 1953). Physicist, Commonwealth X-ray and Radium Laboratory 1935-37; research engineer, Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd 1937-48; senior research officer to senior principal research officer, Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO 1948-60; professor and head, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney 1960-78; visiting Fellow, Mt Stromlo Observatory 1979-83. Syme Prize 1959; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1959; P.N. Russell Medal, Institution of Engineers Australia 1970. President, Astronomical Society of Australia 1975-79; president, International Union of Radio Science 1978-81.

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Archival resources

Private hands (Christiansen, W.N.)

  • Wilbur Norman Christiansen - Records, 1950 - 1978; Private hands (Christiansen, W.N.). Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Wilbur Norman Christiansen - Records, 1947 - 1981, P 118; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Christiansen, W. N.; Mills, B.Y., 'Biographical Memoirs [Joseph Lade Pawsey, including publications]', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 9, 1964, pp. 137-141. Details
  • Christiansen, W.N., 'History and Propaganda in Astronomy', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 8, no. 1, 1989, pp. 96-101. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Matthewson, Don, 'Chris Christiansen and the Criss Cross', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 12, no. 1, 2009, pp. 11-32. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'W. N. Christiansen and the Initial Australian Investigation of the 21cm Hydrogen Line', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 11, no. 3, 2008, pp. 185-93. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'W. N. Christiansen and the Development of the Solar Grating Array', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 11, no. 3, 2008, pp. 173-84. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.