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Biographical entry Bolton, John Gatenby (1922 - 1993)

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Born
5 June 1922
Sheffield, England
Died
6 July 1993
Occupation
Radioastronomer and Physicist

Summary

John Gatenby Bolton was a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics and was the first Director of the Parkes Telescope, later the Australian National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 1961-71.

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Born Sheffield, United Kingdom, 5 June 1922. Died Buderim, Queensland, 6 July 1993. CBE 1982. Educated University of Cambridge (graduated in physics 1942). Radar Officer, Royal Navy; Telecommunications Research Establishment; Radiophysics Laboratory, CSIR/O 1946-55; director of radio astronomy, Caltech 1955-61; director, Parkes Radio telescope (later Australian National Radio Astronomy Observatory) 1961-71, Astronomer at Large 1971-81. Edgeworth David Medal 1951; FAA 1965-80; Fellow, Royal Society 1973; Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences 1973; Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society 1977; Foreign Associate, U.S. National Academy of Sciences 1980; Bruce Medal, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (U.S.) 1988.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • John Gatenby Bolton - Records, 1940 - 1980, TRC 324; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Lovell, Bernard, 'John Gatenby Bolton, 1922-1993', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne and Kellerman, Kenneth I., 'Bolton, John Gatenby', in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 1 , Charles Scribner's Sons, Detroit , 2008, pp. 332-337 . Details

Journal Articles

  • Bolton, J. G., 'Radio Astronomy at Dover Heights', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 4, no. 4, 1982, pp. 349-358. Details
  • Bolton, J. G., 'The Fortieth Anniversary of Extragalactic Radio Astronomy: Radiophysics in Exile', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 8, no. 4, 1990, pp. 381-383. Details
  • Ekers, R. D., 'John Bolton's Variable-baseline Interferometer and the Structure of Radio Galaxies', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 569-576. Details
  • Milne, D. K., 'John Bolton and the Rainmakers', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 549-554. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'John Bolton, Discrete Sources, and the New Zealand Field Trip of 1948', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 541-548. Details
  • Roberts, J. A., 'Some Memories of John Bolton from Caltech and Early years at Parkes', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 561-568. Details
  • Robertson, Peter, 'John Bolton and Australian Astronomy', Australian Physicist, vol. 21, 1984, pp. 178-179. Details
  • Savage, Ann, 'Wild, Woolley and Savage - or How John Bolton and I Went Hunting for Quasars and QSOs', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 589-590. Details
  • Stanley, Gordon J., 'Recollections of John G. Bolton at Dover Heights and Caltech', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 507-516. Details
  • Westfold, K. C., 'John Bolton - Some Early Memories', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 535-540. Details
  • Whiteoak, J. B., 'John Bolton as a Pioneer of OH Spectroscopy', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 577-584. Details
  • Wild, J. P. And Radhakrishnan, V. R., 'John Gatenby Bolton 1922-1993', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 10, no. 4, 1995, pp. 381-391. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9951040381.htm. Details

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