Victor Clube

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Stace Victor Murray Clube (born 22 October 1934 in London) is an English astrophysicist.

He was educated at [St John's School, Leatherhead] and Christ Church, Oxford. He played first-class cricket for Oxford University.[1] He appeared seventeen times for the university between 1956 and 1959, but only won a Blue—the awarding of the Oxford "colours" to sportsmen—in his first year there, appearing in the 1956 University match against Cambridge. During that match, which finished as a draw, he took just one wicket with his off break bowling.[2]

Clube obtained his doctorate in 1959 with a thesis titled Interferometry of the Solar Chemosphere and Photosphere[3] and went on to become a professional astrophysicist and astronomer. He has been Dean of the Astrophysics Department of Oxford University, and has worked at the observatories of Edinburgh, Armagh and Cape Town.[4][unreliable source?] He is known primarily for his work in collaboration with Bill Napier and others on the theory of "coherent catastrophism".[5][non-primary source needed][6]

In 1994 he appeared in the BBC Horizon programme; "The Hunt for the Doomsday Asteroid".

The asteroid 6523 Clube is named after him.[7]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Cosmic Serpent (1982), with Bill Napier
  • The Cosmic Winter (1990), with Bill Napier
  • The Origin of Comets (1990), with M. E. Bailey and Bill Napier
  • Close encounters with a million comets (15 July 1982). New Scientist 95, (1314), 148-151, with Bill Napier
  • The microstructure of terrestrial catastrophism (1984). Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc. 211, 953-968, with Bill Napier
  • The dynamics of armageddon (1988). Speculations of Science and Technology 11 (4), 255-264; reprinted in Zysman, Milton and Clark Whelton (eds.) (1990). Catastrophism 2000: A Sourcebook for the Conference Reconsidering Velikovsky, Toronto, Canada, pp. 5–16.
  • Giant Comets and Their Role in History, Chapter 14 in Singer, S. Fred (ed.) (1990). The Universe and Its Origin: From Ancient Myth to Present Reality and Fantasy, Paragon House, New York. ISBN 0-89226-049-1, pp. 145–161.
  • The structure and evolution of the Taurid Complex (1991). Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc. 251, 632-648, with D. I. Steel and D. J. Asher.
  • The Fundamental Role of Giant Comets in Earth History (1992). Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 54, 179-193.
  • Hazards from Space: Comets in History and Science (1994). Chapter 7 in Glen, William (ed.) (1994). The Mass-extinction Debates: How Science Works in a Crisis, Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2285-4. pp. 152–169.
  • Are Impacts Correlated in Time? (1994). In Gehrels, Tom (ed.) (1994). Hazards Due to Comets and Asteroids, University of Arizona Press. ISBN 0-8165-1505-0. pp. 463–478; with D.I. Steel, D.J. Asher and W.M. Napier.
  • The Nature of Punctuational Crises and the Spenglerian Model of Civilization (1995). Vistas in Astronomy 39, 673-698.[8]
  • An Exceptional Cosmic Influence and its Bearing on the Evolution of Human Culture as Evident in the Apparent Early Development of Mathematics and Astronomy (2003). Astrophysics and Space Science 285, 521-532.


  1. ^ "Player profile: Stace Clube". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ Bolton, Geoffrey (1962). History of the O.U.C.C. (First ed.). Oxford: Holywell Press Ltd. pp. 339–340.
  3. ^ "Fisher Room: Thesis List". Department of Physics, University of Oxford. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ ZoomInfo Web Profile: Victor Clube
  5. ^ Asher, D.J., S.V.M. Clube, W.N. Napier and D. I. Steel (1994). Coherent Catastrophism. Vistas in Astronomy, 38 (1), 1-27; Abstract at; for a popular exposition of this theory, see Mike Davis, "Cosmic Dancers on History's Stage?" in Dead Cities: And Other Tales (2002), 307-59.
  6. ^ Connor, Steve (10 July 1994). "Saturday Night Live: A giant comet is on collision-course with the planet Jupiter. The crash, due next weekend, could be greater than anything previously witnessed by humans. Some say it portends disaster; at the very least, it's exploding some cosy illusions of 'cosmic safety'". Independent on Sunday.
  7. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (ed.). "(6523) Clube". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer.
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