Mike Gore (physicist)

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Professor Michael Miles "Mike" Gore AO (born in Bolton, Lancashire, UK) is an engineer, physicist, and science explainer, based at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.


Gore obtained a PhD in electrical engineering at Leeds University in the 1950s.[1] He had earlier had a BSc Hons (Electrical Engineering).[2]

Professional career[edit]

Gore had a post in 1962 as a lecturer in physics at the Australian National University in Canberra.[2] He later became a Professor, and in 1987 left the ANU and was later styled Professor Emeritus. As at early 2015, Gore was a Sessional Lecturer at the ANU, based at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.[2]

Explaining science[edit]

Gore established Questacon, the national science centre, in Canberra in 1980, originally in the recently shuttered, historic Ainslie Public School (built 1927). He was inspired by visiting the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1976. Questacon moved to the permanent building on Lake Burley Griffin in 1988, after Gore left academia in 1987 to become the foundation director of Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre.[1][2][3] He retired back to academia in 1999.

Gore was a scientific advisor to the ABC television series "Towards 2000".

Gore established the ANU's Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) in 1995.[1]

In 2010 Gore was a founding member of The Faraday Club, established by Dr Howie Firth, MBE, of the Orkney International Science Festival, to recognise science communicators of international standing and named after Michael Faraday, leading English scientist of the nineteenth century.[4]



An incomplete bibliography includes:

  • Gore, MM. Interactive Science and Technology Centres. In: National Engineering Conference (1990 : Canberra, A.C.T.). 1990 National Engineering Conference of the Institution of Engineers, Australia: Government, Engineering and the Nation; Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1990: 92-96. National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia); no. 90/1
  • Sue Stocklmayer, Michael M. Gore, C.R. Bryant (editors): Science Communication in Theory and Practice; Springer Science & Business Media, 31 Dec 2001, 284 pages.


  1. ^ a b c Questacon founder Dr Mike Gore appointed an officer in the Order of Australia, Clare Colley, Canberra Times, 26 January 2015
  2. ^ a b c d Adjunct Professor Mike Gore, Australian National University, accessed 26 January 2015
  3. ^ Questacon timeline, Questacon, accessed 26 January 2015
  4. ^ "The Faraday Club". The Faraday Club. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Michael Miles Gore AM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 26 January 1986. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia, Australian Institute of Physics, accessed 26 January 2015
  7. ^ Awardees for 2006 Archived 2015-01-28 at the Wayback Machine., Australian Academy of Science, 2006, accessed 26 January 2015
  8. ^ "Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the General Division" (pdf). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2015. p. 14. Retrieved 26 January 2015.