Browse Entries

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Biographical entry

  • Trove

Biographical entry Gum, Colin Stanley (1924 - 1960)

Born
1924
Died
29 April 1960
Zermatt, Switzerland
Occupation
Astronomer

Summary

Colin Stanley Gum was an astronomer best known for discovering 'Gum's Nebula' - the area of nebulosity in Pupis and Vela. In 1959 he was appointed Head of the Observational Optical Astronomy programme at the University of Sydney, but tragically he died in a skiing accident early the following year. Prior to this University appointment, Gum had worked for CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and at the Mount Stromlo Observatory in the Australian Capital Territory.

Details

Events

1949
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Adelaide
c. 1949 - c. 1955
Career position - Astronomer(?) at Mount Stromlo Observatory in the Australian Capital Territory
1951
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Adelaide
c. 1954
Career position - Gum's Nebula discovered
1955
Award - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)
1955
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the Australian National University
1956 - 1959
Career position - Research Officer at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Radiophysics
1959 -
Career position - Head of the Observational Optical Astronomy programme at the University of Sydney

Related Corporate Bodies

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Bok, Bart J., 'Colin S. Gum', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 2, 1961, pp. 37-38. Details
  • Kerr, F. J., 'Obituary: Colin Stanley Gum', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 23, no. 4, 1960, p. 115. Details

Online Resources

Annette Alafaci