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Biographical entry Pawsey, Joseph Lade (1908 - 1962)

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Born
14 May 1908
Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Died
30 November 1962
Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Radiophysicist and Radio astronomer

Summary

Joseph Pawsey established radio astronomy in Australia. He made important discoveries about the relationships between solar radiation and sunspots. His team made many discoveries about radiation and radio emissions from the Milky Way and external galaxies and developed many new techniques later used world wide. In recognition of Pawsey's contributions to Australian physics the Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Pawsey Medal has been awarded annually since 1967. The crater Pawsey on the Moon was named in his honour.

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Events

- 1929
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), The University of Melbourne, Australia
- 1931
Education - Masters of Science (MSc), The University of Melbourne, Australia
- 1935
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge, England
1931 - 1934
Award - 1851 Exhibition Scholar (Scholarship), The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, England
1934 - 1939
Career position - Research Physicist, EMI Ltd, England
1940 - 1949
Career position - Research Physicist, Division of Radiophysics, CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Australia
1949 - 1952
Career position - Research Physicist, Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Australia
1952 - 1958
Career Position - President, Radio Astronomy Commission, International Astronomical Union
1952 - 1962
Career position - Assistant Chief, Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Australia
1953
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian National Research Council, Australia
1954 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, England
1954 -
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, Australia
1955
Career event - Wrote Radio Astronomy with R. N. Bracewell
1957
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science, Australia
1960
Award - Hughes Medal, Royal Society, England
1960 - 1961
Career Position - President, Australian Branch, Institute of Physics, Australia
1961
Award - Honorary Doctorate of Science (Hon. DSc), Australian National University, Australia
1962
Career event - Appointed Director of the United States of America National Radio Astronomy Observatory but died before taking office.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Joseph Lade Pawsey - Records, 1953 - 1964, MS 020; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • The Radiophysics Laboratory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, A Textbook of Radar, Angus & Robertson, Sydney; London, 1947, 579 pp. Author of Chapter 2. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • 'Dr. Joseph L. Pawsey, 1908-1962', Proceedings of the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers, Australia, vol. 24, no. 2, 1963, p. 94. Details
  • 'Obituary: Dr. J.L. Pawsey', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 1, 1964, p. 6. Details
  • Christiansen, W. N.; Mills, B.Y., 'Biographical Memoirs [Joseph Lade Pawsey, including publications]', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 9, 1964, pp. 137-141. Details
  • Frater, R. H., 'The Australia Telescope: a Shortened Version of the Pawsey Memorial Lecture 1983', Australian Physicist, vol. 21, 1984, pp. 203-207. Details
  • Lovell, A. C. Bernard, 'Joseph Lade Pawsey, 1908-1962', Biographical memoirs of fellows of the Royal Society of London, vol. 10, 1964, pp. 229-43. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, Slee, Bruce and Burman, Ron, 'The Genesis of Solar Radio Astronomy in Australia', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 9, no. 1, 2006, pp. 35-56. Details
  • Pawsey, J. L., 'Obituary notices: Charles Alexander Shain', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 1, 1960, pp. 244-5. Details
  • Pawsey, J. L., 'Australian Radio Astronomy: How it developed in this country', Australian Scientist, vol. 1, iii, 1961, pp. 181-186. Details

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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_p.html. Details
  • Bowen, E. G., 'From wartime radar to postwar radio astronomy in Australia', Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Australia, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-11. Details
  • Brown, R. Hanbury; Minnett, Harry C; White, Fredrick W. G., 'Edward George Bowen 1911-1991', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 9, no. 2, 1992, pp. 151-166. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9920920151.htm. Details
  • Mills, B. Y., 'Australian contribution to the science of radioastronomy', Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Australia, vol. 8, no. 1, 1988, pp. 12-33. Details
  • White, F. W.G., 'Robert Gordon Menzies (1894-1978)', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 5, no. 1, 1980, pp. 68-102. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9800510068.htm. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details

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