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Biographical entry Boas, Walter Moritz (1904 - 1982)


10 February 1904
Berlin, Germany
12 May 1982


Walter Boas was the Carnegie Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Physical Metallurgy, University of Melbourne 1938-1947 and Head of the Tribophysics Division of CSIR/O 1949-1969.


Born Berlin, 10 February 1904. Died Melbourne, 12 May 1982. Educated Technische Hochschule Berlin (Dip Engin 1928, Dr Ing 1930). Assistant research officer, physics section, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute für Metallforschung, Berlin-Dahlem 1928-32; assistant, physics department, University of Fribourg 1933-35; research officer, physics department, Technische Hochschule Zürich 1936-37; research associate, Royal Institution, London 1937-38; lecturer in metallurgy, University of Melbourne 1938-40; senior lecturer 1940-47; principal research officer, CSIR Division of Tribophysics 1947-49, chief 1949-69. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954.

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  • Walter Moritz Boas - Records, 1922 - 1965, MS 094; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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  • Rae, Ian D., 'Boas, Walter Moritz (1904-1982), Physicist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 117-118. Details

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  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details
  • Hyde, B. G. and Day, P, 'John Stuart Anderson', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 9, no. 2, 1992. Also available at Details

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