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

Book Sections

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

Journal Articles

  • Bok, Bart J., 'Colin S. Gum', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2 (1961), 37-38. Details
  • Bok, Bart J., 'The Future of Astronomy in Australia [with historical review.]', Australian Journal of Science, 25 (1963), 281-288. Details
  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'Bart J. Bok', Australian Physicist, 20 (October) (1983), 229. Details
  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'Bok, Woolley and Australian Astronomy', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (2) (1992), 119-126. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.