Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Recollections of a Canadian Astronomer

Donald Morton
National Research Council

Wednesday, April 14, 2004
12:00 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

This will be an account of personal experiences as an astronomer for the past 52 years, beginning as a summer student at the David Dunlap Observatory and ending as the retired Director General of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics at NRC. For the intervening years I will describe graduate study at Princeton University, later rocket, satellite and ground-based projects at Princeton, some related mountaineering adventures, and 10 years at the Anglo Australian Telescope. The time at NRC included several major staff reductions as well as opportunities for Canada to join the James Clerk Maxwell radio telescope and the Gemini optical telescopes. The future for Canadian astronomy includes a share in the Atacama Large Millimetre Array and partnership in a 20-30 metre optical telescope.

This is an informal colloquium, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to the talk! We will have coffee and refreshments in the lounge following the lecture.