The Sunshine Coast Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) presents guest speaker Chris Gainor at its Feb. 14 meeting at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.
Gainor is the second vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
He is a historian of technology and writer specializing in space exploration and aeronautics. He is the author of four books, and his writings have appeared in various specialty publications and Canadian newspapers.
He holds a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Alberta, and has taught history at the University of Victoria and at CFB Esquimalt for the Royal Military College of Canada.
His other historical interests include the United States, the Soviet Union, and Canada. Gainor is also known for bringing history alive through his appearances as Sir Winston Churchill.
He is international space programs editor for Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, and he is a regular contributor to the Canadian edition of Space Quarterly. During his years as a journalist, he wrote extensively on health care and public affairs, and he won a national newspaper award for his work. He has also worked in communications in government and in the non-profit sector. He carries on his academic, writing and communications work in Victoria.
He will be speaking about the Avro Arrow. The presentation begins next Friday at 7:30 p.m. For more details see http://www.coastastronomy.ca/.