James Gunn was an SF author, critic, and academic who was the director of the KU Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

Prof Gunn was one of the founders of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, first presented at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, in 1973.

See https://www.kansascity.com/news/loca...248066660.html and http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/