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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

Chris Christiansen 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

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details
  • Frater, Robert H., Goss, Miller and Wendt, Harry, Four pillars of radio astronomy: Mills, Christiansen, Wild and Bracewell, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2017, 199 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Christiansen, W. N., 'The first decade of solar radio astronomy in Australia', in Sullivan, W. T. (ed.), The early years of radio astronomy: reflections fifty years after Jansky’s discovery, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1984, pp. 113-31. Details
  • Christiansen, W. N., 'The first decade of radio astronomy in Australia', in Sullivan, W. T. (ed.), The early years of radio astronom: reflections fifty years after Jansky’s discovery, 1984, pp. 113-132. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'An overview of W.N. Christiansen's contribution to Australian radio astronomy, 1948-1960', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the history of astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference. Astrophysics and space science proceedings, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 547-87. Details

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
  • Frater, R. H. and Goss, W. M., 'Wilbur Norman Christiansen 1913-2007', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 215-28. 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
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Wendt, Harry, 'The contribution of the Georges Heights experimental radar antenna to Australian radio astronomy', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 20, no. 3, 2017, pp. 313-40. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Burman, Ron, 'The Genesis of Solar Radio Astronomy in Australia', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 9, no. 1, 2006, pp. 35-56. 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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Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.