Christopher Gainor

Christopher Gainor is a historian of technology and writer specializing in space exploration and aeronautics. He is the author of six books, and his articles have appeared in various specialty publications and Canadian newspapers.

He holds a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Alberta. His most recent book, Not Yet Imagined: A Study of Hubble Space Telescope Operations, was  published in 2021 by the NASA History Division.

Chris is Editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

He is also a Fellow and past president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Asteroid 20041 Gainor (1992 YH) has been named in his honour.

His other historical interests include the United States, the Soviet Union, and Canada. Chris is also known for bringing history alive through his appearances as Sir Winston Churchill. As well, Chris has taught history at the University of Victoria and at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt for the Royal Military College of Canada.

In the early years of his career, Chris worked as a journalist. During that time, he wrote extensively on health care, and he won a National Newspaper Award for his work in that field at The Vancouver Sun. Chris has also worked in communications in government and in the non-profit sector. He lives in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Chris Gainor’s Blog.

Read about Chris’ high-flying book and an appearance as Churchill.

A newspaper profile of Chris.