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Biographical entry Hartung, Ernst Johannes (1893 - 1979)

23 April 1893
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
30 January 1979
Parkville, Victoria, Australia


Ernst Johannes Hartung was Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Melbourne 1919-24, an Associate Professor 1924-27 and Professor 1927-54. He chaired the Advisory Committee on Optical Munitions during World War II and led the research into the production of optical glass. Hartung is commemorated by the Hartung Youth Lectures of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1914 - 1919
Career position - Tutor at Trinity College, University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1919 - 1924
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1924 - 1954
Career position - Associate Professor then Professor (from 1927) at the University of Melbourne
Award - Syme Prize received
1927 - 1933
Career position - President of the Australian Chemical Institute (three terms)

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Ernst Johannes Hartung - Records, 1940 - 1942; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Weickhardt, L. W., 'Hartung, Ernst Johannes (1893-1970), Professor of Chemistry and Astronomer', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 405-406. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Ernst Johannes Hartung', Uni News, vol. 11, no. 17, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Radford, J. T., 'Ernst Johannes Hartung 1893-1979', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 46, 1979, pp. 219-20. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.