Biographical entry James, William Edwin (1931 - 1995)
- 6 March 1931
- 25 May 1995
- Physicist and Optics
William James founded the company 'James Optics' in Melbourne in 1968, making equipment for Monash University, Mount Stromlo Observatory, the Anglo-Australian Telescope and the Orroral Space Ranging Observatory.
Born 6 March 1931. Died 25 May 1995. AM 1989. Arrived Melbourne 1947. Apprentice, Macphersons 1947-48, Leaving Certificate 1949-50, University of Melbourne 1951-54 (studied science, but did not graduate), repertory theatre, Victoria 1954-55,worked with Hargreaves' optical firm, London 1961-62, Imperial College London, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, optical technician then senior technical officer, Physics Department, University of Tasmania 1965-68, founded James Optics 1968. Churchill Fellowship 1975, Lloyd Rees Lecture, Australian Academy of Science 1993.
Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science
Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions
- Smith, Ailie, Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection, eScholarship Research Centre, 2012, http://www.eoas.info/basser_browse.html. Details
- Bolton, H.C.; Coates, D.W., 'William Edwin James: Designer and Maker of Astronomical Optics', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 13 (1996), 258-267. Details
- 'James, William Edwin (1931-1995)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1474904. Details
- 'James, W.E. - Ms 137', in Listing of Adolph Basser Library holdings, Australian Academy of Science, 1994, http://www.science.org.au/basser/manuscript-collection/ms137.html. Details
Created: 20 October 1993, Last modified: 13 February 2018
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