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Biographical entry Bastow, Stewart Henry (1908 - 1964)

22 February 1908
Folkestone, Kent, England
23 January 1964
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Physical chemist


Stewart Bastow was the head of the CSIR Tribophysics group 1945-1949 and then a member of the CSIRO Executive until 1964. He was the Chief Executive Officer 1957-1959.


Born Folkestone, England, 22 February 1908. Died Melbourne, 23 January 1964. DSO 1945. Educated Universities of Tasmania (BSc 1929) and Cambridge (PhD 1932). Demonstrator in physics, University of Tasmania 1927; 1851 Exhibition senior scholar 1932-34; research chemist, National Enamels Limited 1934-37; the South Metropolitan Gas Company, England and Anglo-Iranian Oil Company 1937-40; Royal Engineers 1940-45; Officer-in-charge, Lubricants and Bearings Section (later the Division of Tribophysics), CSIR 1945-49; member of the CSIRO Executive 1949-64; Chief Executive Officer 1957-59. President, Victorian Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1962. A laboratory at CSIRO's Division of Materials Science and Technology, Clayton, was named after him.

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • Stewart Henry Bastow - Records, 1945 - 1964, Series 427 and others; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

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  • 'Obituary: Dr. S.H. Bastow', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 1, 1964, pp. 6-7. Details
  • 'Stuart Henry Bastow', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, vol. 31, no. 2, 1964, pp. 65-66. Details
  • Spink, J.A., 'Stewart Henry Bastow: Colloid Chemist, Soldier and Science Administrator', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 64, no. 9, 1997, pp. 20-23. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.