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Biographical entry Grant, Kerr (1878 - 1967)

KCB

Born
26 June 1878
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Died
13 October 1967
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Kerr Grant was acting Professor of Physics, University of Adelaide 1909-1911 and Professor 1911-1948. he was Chairman of the Optical Munitions Panel 1944-1946. A portrait bust of Grant made by John Dowie is held by the South Australian Institute of Technology where Grant was a President.

Details

Events

1901
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1901 - 1902
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics and Physics at the School of Mines in Ballarat, Victoria
1903
Career position - Worked at Ormond College at the University of Melbourne
1903
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1904
Education - Studied at University of Göttingen in Germany (PhD?)
1905 - 1908
Career position - Lecturer in Natural Philosophy at the University of Melbourne
1909 - 1911
Career position - Acting Professor of Physics at the University of Adelaide
1911 - 1948
Career position - Professor of Physics at the University of Adelaide
1942 - 1958
Career position - President of the South Australian Institute of Technology (formerly School of Mines and Industries)
1944 - 1946
Career position - Chairman of the Optical Munitions Panel
1947
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of Bath (KCB)

Archival resources

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • Kerr Grant - Records, 1901 - 1962, MSS 0075; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details
  • Professor Sir Kerr Grant, 1878-1967 - Papers, c. 1905 - 1967, MS 0075; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

University of Adelaide, Physics Department

  • Kerr Grant - Records, 1924 - 1949; University of Adelaide, Physics Department. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Tomlin, S. G., 'Grant, Sir Kerr (1878-1967)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 77-79. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090080b.htm. Details
  • Tomlin, S. G., 'Sir Kerr Grant (1878-1967), Physicist and Professor', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Physicist, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 77-79. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Sir Kerr Grant', Australian Physicist, vol. 4, no. 12, 1967, pp. 209-210. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.