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Biographical entry Duffield, Walter Geoffrey (1879 - 1929)

Born
12 August 1879
Gawler, South Australia, Australia
Died
1 August 1929
Mount Stromlo, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Astronomer

Summary

Walter Geoffrey Duffield was Professor of Physics, Reading University, England 1910-23 and was appointed the inaugural Director of the Solar Physics Observatory, Mount Stromlo near Canberra, in 1924. He was born in Adelaide and had studied with W.H. Bragg.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1936 - 1956, MS 037; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Walter Geoffrey Duffield - Records, 1880 - 1987, MS 095; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Sutherland, Ralph and Butcher, Harvey, Mt Stromlo Observatory: From Bush Observatory to the Nobel Prize, CSIRO, Collingwood (Vic.), 2013, 330 pp. Details
  • McCarthy, Gavan; Sankey, Howard, The Papers of Walter Geoffrey Duffield (1879-1929), Australian Science Archives Project, Melbourne, 1987, 29 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Edgeloe, V. A., 'Four Nineteenth Century Graduates', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, vol. 14, 1986, pp. 137-148. Details
  • Love, Rosaleen, 'Science and Government in Australia 1905-14: Geoffrey Duffield and the Foundation of the Commonwealth Solar Observatory', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 6, no. 2, 1985, pp. 171-189. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9850620171.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'How Mount Stromlo Observatory shed its imperial beginnings', A&G: News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 55, no. 6, 2014, pp. 6.33-6.35. Details

McCarthy, G.J.