Terence Dickinson, astronomer, writer, editor (born 1943 in Toronto, ON). Terence Dickinson is one of the leading astronomy writers in North America. His interest in astronomy began when he was only 5 years old, when he saw a shooting star streak across the sky.
Terry Dickinson began his career as an astronomer at the McLaughlin Planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in the mid-1960s. He began writing about science with Maclean's magazine in the 1970s, which resulted in a new career as a full-time science writer. In addition to writing newspaper columns and magazine articles, Dickinson has written 14 books on astronomy, illustrated with his own photographs, for both children and adults. He is the editor of SkyNews, Canada's national astronomy magazine, which was founded by the Canada Science & Technology Museum in 1995. Dickinson has also been in demand as a guest expert on CBC Radio and the Canadian Discovery Channel and as a speaker at conventions, academic institutions and professional societies.
Terry Dickinson's ability to explain the universe and simplify astronomical concepts in ways easily understood by the average reader has gained him a huge international audience. Many thousands of people have developed an interest in astronomy and the wonders of the universe because of his work.
Among Terry Dickinson's many awards are the New York Academy of Sciences' Children's Book of the Year award (1988); the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award (1989); the Sandford Fleming Medal (1992); and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts award for outstanding contribution to public understanding of astronomy (1996). In 1994 asteroid #5272 was officially named Dickinson in his honour by the International Astronomical Union and in 1995 he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2000 the US Postal Service featured one of his photographs of the moon on a stamp. In 2004 he received an honorary PhD from Trent University.