Workshop on the Origins of Canadian Space Science Research
The University of Western Ontario
Physics and Astronomy Building
Monday, November 25, 2002
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Peter Forsyth Colin Hines
Doris Jelly Alister Vallance Jones
Al McNamara Ian McDiarmid
Ralph Nicholls  
Don Moorcroft, Gordon Shepherd, conveners

Group picture of the participants
Workshop Participants
From left to right: Colin Hines, Doris Jelly, Allen McNamara, Peter Forsyth, Gordon Shepherd, Alister Vallance Jones, Ralph Nicholls, Ian McDiarmid, and Don Moorcroft

Expenses for the workshop were paid for thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Space Agency, Communications Department, which also provided the photographs of the workshop displayed throughout these web pages. CSA also arranged for the proceedings of the workshop to be tape-recorded, and the UWO Department of Physics and Astronomy videotaped the workshop.

These web pages

An edited transcript of the entire workshop has been prepared and is reproduced here. The afternoon began with a talk by D. R. Moorcroft on The Origins of Radar-based Research in Canada. That was followed by a round-table discussion, with a focus on the beginnings of Canadian Space Research. Although much of the discussion focussed on the period before 1960, it also touched on events up to the end of the 1970s.

The round-table discussion opened by having each of the participants introduce themselves. That was followed by discussion centred on four institutions: The University of Saskatchewan, The Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment, The University of Western Ontario, and The National Research Council of Canada.

Prior to, during, and after the workshop, various statements and other material were provided by the workshop participants. Many of these are included on these web pages under Supplementary Material.