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Biographical entry Briggs, George Henry (1893 - 1987)

Born
23 March 1893
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
24 July 1987
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

George Henry Briggs was Head of the Physics Section, CSIR National Standards Laboratories, Sydney 1939-45 and then Chief of the Division of Physics, CSIR/O 1945-58. His chief research interests were radioactivity, the precise measurement of certain physical constants and the construction of highly stable standards of electrical resistance.

Details

Born Sydney, 23 March 1893. Died 24 July 1987. Educated Universities of Sydney (BSc 1916, DSc 1937) and Cambridge (PhD 1926). Demonstrator and lecturer in physics, University of Sydney 1918-27, assistant professor of physics 1928-39, Officer-in-charge, Physics Section, National Standards Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) 1939-45, Chief, Division of Physics, CSIR/O (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) 1945-58, Scientific Advisor to the Australian representative, Atomic Energy Commission, United Nations, New York 1946-47. President, Australian branch, Institute of Physics 1950-52. Proposed the formation of an independent Australian Institute of Physics and made an honorary fellow on its formation in 1962.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • George Henry Briggs - Records, 1868 - 1983, MS 8255; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • George Henry Briggs - Records, 1924 - 1983, DeB 1120; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Articles

Journal Articles

  • 'Honorary Fellow: G.H. Briggs', Australian Physicist, vol. 1, no. 6, 1964, p. 87. Details
  • Briggs, G. H.; Burgmann, V. D., 'Obituary: John Edward Thompson', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 1955, p. 22. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.