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

The Bandit King of Brazil

Public Speaker from Roy Gunson from South Yorkshire presents his talk The Bandit King of Brazil

Seen as a mixture of hero and bandit, Lampião (Virgulino Ferreira da Silva) became one of the most representative icons of Brazil. His image is still seen all over Brazil, in Art, Music and Film some 80 years after his death. The backlands of North-Eastern Brazil had little in the way of law and order, even the few police in existence were usually in the pocket of a local “Colonel” – a leading landowner who was also a regional political chief. The poor badly treated by the paramilitary police would often prefer the presence of bandits over that of the police.

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.

Roy Gunson Contact Details:

01709 892226