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


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


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


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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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

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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

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.