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Biographical entry Munz, Hirsch (1905 - 1979)

21 April 1905
Krynki, Poland
22 April 1979
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Wool scientist


Hirsch Munz investigated the properties of wool fibre from 1931 to 1940 at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research laboratories in Adelaide and Sydney, then at the University of Melbourne until 1942. After WWII he established a wool-trading company and devised the Munz Scale as a means of correlating international descriptions of wool fibres.



Life event - Migrated to Australia
1931 - 1935
Career position - Research officer, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Adelaide
Life event - Naturalised as an Australian citizen
1936 - 1940
Career position - Research officer , F. D. McMaster Animal Health Laboratory, Sydney
1942 - 1946
Career position - Served with the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve

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  • Turnbull, Malcolm J., 'Munz, Hirsch (1905-1979), Scientist, Businessman and Man of Letters', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 442-443. Also available at Details

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