The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom

It’s the West Kintyre Stargazers on the go again at their Dark Sky vantage point.

Their February talk at 5.00pm at The Putechan Hotel in Bellochantuy on Sunday 10th February will be given by Duncan Lunan – an author who has specialised in astronomy, spaceflight and science fiction. He is also an experienced speaker, a researcher, tutor, critic, editor, lecturer and broadcaster – known for his science writings as well as for his work on the Sighthill stone circle.

For this event, Duncan will focus his talk around the local ancient sites and stones which are abundant in Kintyre.

He will also talk about the work and life of Professor Thom (1894 – 1985).

Originally from Carradale, Professor Thom was a graduate of The Royal College of Science and Technology and The University of Glasgow. A talented engineer, he was also deeply interested in megalithic monuments, stone circles and standing stones and their astronomical associations.

This will be a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about astronomy and its relationship to ancient standing stones and stone circles, with a particular emphasis on local sites and a local son.

A hot buffet will be served after the talk.

Visit the Kintyre Stargazers website here to book a place.

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One Response to The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom

  1. Genuinely sorry to miss this talk but Putechan Lodge is a long haul from Oban!
    Professor Sandy Thom is the grandfather of my sister-in-law and was a genuine polymath-with wideranging interests and considerable expertise in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, sailing and almost any other field that attracted his interest.He was truly “a living example of the power of a flexible mind and a versatile disposition.”
    During the war he worked on the aereodynamics of fighter aircraft.
    Only after retiring from the Professorial Chair of Engineering Science at Oxford did he devote his undivided attention to one of his many other interests, the locatin and distribution of megalithic monuments across the west coast of Scotland and further afield.He worked closely with Marion Campbell in Mid Argyll. He is considered to be the father of archaeoastronomy.
    If you are able, go to the talk and enjoy.
    Then support the campaign to safeguard the Sighthill Stone Circle.

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