Roy Gunson

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
About me...

Born 1950. Retired in 2011 after 32 years at Sheffield Hallam University, prior working in various Research Associations. Been an amateur astronomer since age 10 or so. Interested in History, a recreational wargamer and an interest in genealogy and history. Have been giving talks on Astronomy and associated historical topics since retirement. Currently Vice-Chair of Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society.



About my Talks...

My Talks are powerpoint presentations – I normally find that the venues where I’ve spoken have most of their own equipment so please discuss with me what equipment you will expect me to bring.

I try and time the talks to be about 1 hour in length (before the Q&A session).


Will only charge expenses (petrol and perhaps some chips!) and prepared to travel up to 100 miles.

My Contact Details:

01709 892226

Pickering's Harem

Public Speaker Roy Gunson talks about Pickering's Harem.

Williamina Flemming – abandoned by her new husband just months after arriving in Boston, USA from Dundee. Pregnant and alone she rose to become one of the most famed female astronomers of the early 20th century . Her story plus those of a host of other female astronomers hired by Charles Edward Pickering between 1880 and 1919 to work at the Harvard College Observatory gives a remarkable insight on the determination by these women to succeed.

The Uncertainty of Mr Heisenberg

Public Speaker Roy Gunson ralks about The Uncertainty of Mr Heisenberg

The life and times of Werner Heisenberg. His early life, his family, the development of Quantum Theory with Niels Bohr and his uncertainty theory. Involvement with the National Socialists and his involvement in the German atom bomb project. His capture by the allies and life after the war.


Shakespeare's Astronomy

Speaker Roy Gunson talks about Shakespeare's Astronomy

Shakespeare lived from 1564 until 1616. He lived through some of the greatest changes in the study of Astronomy in history. At his birth the accepted knowledge was that the Earth was the centre of the Universe, with the Sun, planets stars and heavens all revolving around. At his death the Earth was now a planet orbiting the Sun, which may be only one of an infinite number of stars. The talk discusses the “players” who changed the scientific thought, right up to the times when telescopes were first deployed on the heavens. The possibility that Shakespeare himself may have become involved in the political and scientific arguments of the “new” theories.

Roy Gunson Contact Details:

01709 892226