Norman W. Broten

Norman W. Broten





Obituary in the Smiths Falls Record News JANUARY 29, 2015:

"Dr. Norman W. Broten, born December 21, 1921 passed away quietly at
Orchard View Living Centre in Greely, Ontario on Monday January, 12th,
2015, at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Emelia (Tkachuk) and
greatly loved father of Delores (Don) of Comox B.C., Cedric (Susan) of
Oxford Mills and Clara (Tim) of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Predeceased by his
mother and father Anton and Clara Broten of Choiceland, Saskatchewan.
Born in southern Saskatchewan, Norman’s family moved north to Choiceland
in the 30’s to escape the ravages of the dustbowl. Norman, an avid music
lover and musician, played trumpet, guitar and banjo with a local dance
band. During World War II Norman served with the RCAF in England. Upon
his return to Canada, Norman completed his degree in Physics at the
University of Western Ontario. From there he went on to pioneering work
in the field of radio astronomy with the National Research Council In
Ottawa. Norman played a key role in the installation and establishment
of radio telescope research facilities in Algonquin Park and Australia.
He was instrumental in the development of very long baseline
interferometry. In recognition of his considerable contributions to the
field of radio astronomy, Norman received an honourary PHD from Western

Past affiliation(s) within the IAU

  • Past Organizing Committee Member of Commission 40 Radio Astronomy (1982-1985)
  • Past Organizing Committee Member of Commission 40 Radio Astronomy (1979-1982)
  • Past Member of Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science
  • Past Member of Division X Radio Astronomy (until 2012)
  • Past Member of Commission 40 Radio Astronomy (until 2015)

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