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Biographical entry McAulay, Alexander (1863 - 1931)

9 December 1863
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
6 July 1931
Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Mathematician and Physicist


Alexander McAulay was the first Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Tasmania 1896-1929 after being Lecturer 1893-1895. Earlier he had been a lecturer in mathematics at Ormond College, University of Melbourne after graduating from Cambridge in 1886.

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Alexander McAulay - Records, 1896 - 1931, NS 374; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Private hands (McAulay, I.)

  • Alexander McAulay - Records, 1863 - 1931; Private hands (McAulay, I.). Details

University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection

  • Alexander McAulay - Records, 1887, UT.32; University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Scott, Bruce, 'McAulay, Alexander (1863-1931), Mathematician and Physicist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 202-204. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Dean, Katrina, 'The Physicist's Homestead: Alexander McAuly, Hydroelectricity and Mathematical Physics in Tasmania', Tasmanian Historical Studies, vol. 8, 2003, pp. 56-77. Details
  • McAulay, Alex, 'Practical Astronomy in Tasmania, and a Proposal for a School Thereof', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1902, pp. 85-94. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.