Wilbur Norman Christiansen
He grew up in Elsternwick, Victoria. His father was the minister at the Elsternwick Congregational Church, and his mother a music teacher. He was colloquially known as "Chris". In 1931 he entered the University of Melbourne reading Science, and was associated as a non-resident student with Trinity College, where he won an Exhibition in 1932. He graduated BSc (1934) and MSc (1935), winning the Professor Kernot Research Scholarship in Natural Philosophy. He later graduated DSc from the University of Melbourne (1959).
Christiansen built the first grating array for scanning the sun at the radio astronomy field station at Potts Hill, New South Wales. A later array at Badgerys Creek, New South Wales, the Chris Cross Telescope, was named after Christiansen. For many years, he was chairman of the electrical engineering department at the University of Sydney.
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- Biographical entry, Encyclopedia of Australian Science
- Comprehensive biography, CSIROpedia
- Biography, Eric Weisstein's World of Biography
- Obituary, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2007
- Obituary, Chinese Academy of Sciences[dead link]
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