About Peter Broughton
Since the 1970s, Peter Broughton has written on the history of astronomy in Canada, though his research has sometimes branched out to other countries or other related fields. (Papers since 2000 are listed below.) He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1963 with a BSc in astronomy and earned his MSc on a part-time basis during the early years of his long career as a high school mathematics teacher. One of the courses he took, given by K. O. May, inspired his life-long interest in the history of science. This pursuit was fostered by a very active role in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada whose Service Award he received in 1987. At the end of his term as national president, he wrote Looking Up: A History of the RASC (Dundurn Press, 1994). In addition he has given many talks, written dozens of articles and reviews, and contributed to encyclopedias and dictionaries. He and his wife, Marilyn, enjoy playing classical piano duets, and love spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.