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Biographical entry Bok, Bart Jan (1906 - 1983)

28 April 1906
Hoorn, Netherlands
5 August 1983
Tucson, Arizona, United States of America


Bart Bok was Director of the Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra 1957-1966 and Director of the Steward Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA from 1966-1970.


Born Hoorn, Holland, 28 April 1906. Died Tucson, Arizona, 5 August 1983. Educated Universities of Leiden and Groningen (PhD). Wilson Fellow in astronomy, Harvard 1929-33, assistant professor of astronomy 1933-46, Associate Director, Harvard College Observatory 1946-56, Professor of Astronomy, Australian National University and Director, Mount Stromlo Observatory 1957-66, Director, Steward Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA 1966-70. Bruce Medal. President, American Astronomical Society.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Bart Jan Bok - Records, 1929 - 1973, DeB 699; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details
  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Sutherland, Ralph and Butcher, Harvey, Mt Stromlo Observatory: From Bush Observatory to the Nobel Prize, CSIRO, Collingwood (Vic.), 2013, 330 pp. Details
  • Levy, David H., The Man Who Sold the Milky Way: a Biography of Bart Bok, University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 1993, 260 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Levy, David, 'Bok, Bartholomeus (Bart) Jan', in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons, Detroit , 2008, pp. 328-332 . Details
  • Robertson, Peter, 'Bok, Bart Jan (1906-1983), Astronomer', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 118-119. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bok, Bart J., 'Colin S. Gum', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 2, 1961, pp. 37-38. Details
  • Bok, Bart J., 'The Future of Astronomy in Australia [with historical review.]', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 25, 1963, pp. 281-288. Details
  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'Bart J. Bok', Australian Physicist, vol. 20, October, 1983, p. 229. Details
  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'Bok, Woolley and Australian Astronomy', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 9, no. 2, 1992, pp. 119-126. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.