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Finding charts for optical counterparts to first radio detection of pulsars, 1968 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MISC 109

Scope and Contents

As a young researcher in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, Craig Mackay was tasked with trying to observe the optical counterparts to detected radio pulses from space.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1969


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre. Researchers wishing to publish excerpts must obtain prior permission the copyright holder.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Craig Douglas was born on 2 April 1944, Dundee [Scotland]. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, 1949--1952, then Perth Academy, 1952--1962, before taking his B.Sc. at the University of Edinburgh, 1966, then moving to Cambridge for a PhD, 1969, where his Supervisor was Professor Sir Martin Ryle, and his thesis was on `The Evolution of Extragalactic Radio Sources'.

Mackay's career has included the following: SRC Research Fellowship 1969--1972, Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cambridge; Senior Assistant in Research 1972--1977, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge; Assistant Director of Research 1977--1998, Institute of Astronomy; Lecturer, 1998-2001, Institute of Astronomy; Senior Lecturer, 2001-04, Institute of Astronomy; Reader in Image Science, 2004-09, Institute of Astronomy; Professor of Image Science, 2009 - , Institute of Astronomy.


1 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



The papers have been arranged by Allen Packwood of the Churchill Archives Centre, preserving the original ordering within the 6 envelopes deposited by Professor Mackay; one for each pulsar.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Professor Craig Mackay, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, 2018.

Related Materials

See also the pulsar discovery charts in the papers of Professor Antony Hewish, GBR/0014/HWSH.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Allen Packwood of Churchill Archives Centre on 7 August 2018. The information was obtained from information supplied by Professor Mackay.


Mackay, Craig Douglas, b 1944, Professor of Image Science, astronomer

Finding aid date

2018-08-07 15:31:26+00:00

Repository Details

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