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Biographical entry James, William Edwin (1931 - 1995)

Born
6 March 1931
England
Died
25 May 1995
Occupation
Physicist and Optics

Summary

William Edwin 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.

Details

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.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • William Edwin James - Records, 1962 - 1964, MS 137; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Bolton, H.C.; Coates, D.W., 'William Edwin James: Designer and Maker of Astronomical Optics', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 13, 1996, pp. 258-267. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.