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Biographical entry Bullen, Keith Edward (1906 - 1976)

FAA, FRS

Born
29 June 1906
Auckland, New Zealand
Died
23 September 1976
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation
Mathematician and Seismologist

Summary

Keith Bullen was Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney 1946-1971 but had earlier worked at Auckland University College 1928-1940 and the University of Melbourne 1940-1945. He studied at Cambridge under H. Jeffreys working on theoretical seismology. Much of his later work was directed towards confirming the theory of the Earth having a solid core. His suggestion that nuclear explosions be monitored so the resulting earthquake waves could be studied was ultimately accepted. Bullen was active in international seismology, serving on policy bodies and in executive positions in organisations such of the International Association of Seismology, of which he was President from 1954 to 1957. Among his publications were An introduction to the theory of seismology (1947, 3rd edition 1963), which became the standard text and was translated into other languages, and The Earth's density (1975).

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1926
Education - BA, Auckland University College, New Zealand
1926 - 1927
Career position - Teacher, Auckland Grammar School, New Zealand
1928
Education - MA, Auckland University College, New Zealand
1928 - 1931
Career position - Lecturer in mathematics, Auckland University College
1930
Education - BSc, Auckland University College, New Zealand
1933 - 1976
Award - Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom
1934 - 1940
Career position - Lecturer in mathematics, Auckland University College
1937
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1940 - 1945
Career position - Senior Lecturer in mathematics, University of Melbourne
1946
Education - ScD, University of Cambridge
1946 - 1971
Career position - Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney
1949
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1949 - 1976
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1954 - 1957
Career position - President, International Association of Seismology
1954 - 1976
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1955
Award - Bicentennial Medal, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.
1958
Career position - Vice-President, Committee on Antarctic Research, International Council of Scientific Unions
1960 - 1976
Award - Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1961
Award - William Bowie Medal, American Geophysical Union
1961 - 1976
Award - Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
1962 - 1976
Award - Fellow, American Geophysical Union
1963
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Auckland, New Zealand
1963
Award - Arthur L. Day Medal, Geological Society of America
1963 - 1967
Career position - Vice-President, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
1963 - 1976
Award - Honorary Fellow, Geological Society of America
1963 - 1976
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand
1966
Award - Research medal, Royal Society of Victoria
1967 - 1976
Award - Honorary Fellow, Geological Society of London
1968
Award - Elected to the Pontifical Academy of Science, Rome
1969
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
1971
Life event - Retired
1971 - 1975
Career position - Chairman, International Committee for the Standard Earth Model
1973 - 1976
Career position - Member of Council, International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering
1974
Award - Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom
1974 - 1976
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
1975
Award - DSc, honoris causa, University of Sydney

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Keith Edward Bullen, FAA - Records, 1926 - 1976, MS 223; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Keith Edward Bullen - Records, 1915 - 1976, P 25; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

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  • Winch, Denis E., 'Bullen, Keith Edward (1906-1976), Seismologist and Professor of Applied Mathematics' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 13 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1993), pp. 295-297. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130334b.htm. Details

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