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Biographical entry Laby, Thomas Howell (1880 - 1946)

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Born
3 May 1880
Creswick, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 June 1946
Occupation
Chemist and Physicist

Summary

Thomas Laby, Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne 1914-1942, was formerly Professor of Physics at Victoria University College, Wellington, New Zealand 1909-1914. He shared in the design of one the first anti-gas respirators. Laby was also Chairman of the first Optical Munitions Panel during the 1940s. Laby was a strong advocate of the use of radio in public education and frequently made radio broadcasts. With G. W. C. Kaye he wrote Tables of physical and chemical constants (1911, 9th edition 1941). A physics lecture theatre at the University of Melbourne was named after him.

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1901 - 1905
Career position - Demonstrator of chemistry, University of Sydney
1905 - 1908
Award - 1851 Exhibition Scholar
1907
Education - BA, University of Sydney
1909 - 1915
Career position - Professor of Physics, Victoria University College, New Zealand
1911
Career position - President, Section A, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1915 - 1944
Career position - Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne
1921
Education - ScD, Emmanuel College University of Cambridge
1923 - 1946
Award - Fellow, Institute of Physics, United Kingdom
1924
Career position - President, Royal Society of Victoria
1927 -
Career position - Member, Australian Radio Research Board, CSIR
1928
Career position - President, Section A, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1929 - 1931
Career position - Consulting physicist, Imperial Geophysical Experimental Survey
1929 - 1937
Career position - Commonwealth Adviser on Radium, Commonwealth Radium Laboratory
1931 - 1946
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1939 - 1941
Career position - Inaugural President, Australian branch, Institute of Physics
1940 - 1944
Career position - Chairman, Optical Munitions Panel 1940-44
1943
Career position - Member, Army Inventions Directorate

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Thomas Howell Laby - Records, 1908 - 1937; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Books

  • Muirhead, Ed, Thomas Howell Laby (1880 - 1946): his contribution to Australian science ([s.l.]: [s.n.], c.1990), 63 pp. Details
  • Muirhead, Edmund, A Man Ahead of his Times: T.H. Laby's Contribution to Australian Science (Melbourne: School of Physics, University of Melbourne, 1996), 134 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Close, Cecily, 'Laby, Thomas Howell (1880-1946), Physicist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 9 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983), pp. 640-641. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090643b.htm. Details
  • Home, R. W., 'Thomas Howell Laby, 1880-1946' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details

Journal Articles

  • Ambrose, Douglas, 'A History of Kaye & Laby', Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 60 (2006), 49-57. Details
  • Bowen, Jennifer, 'Riding the waves: Professor T. H. Laby as imperial scientist and radio visionary', Historical Records of Australian Science, 28 (2) (2017), 91-8, https://doi.org/10.1071/HR17003. Details
  • Dean, Katrina, 'Inscribing Settler Science: Ernest Rutherford, Thomas Laby and the Making of Careers in Physics', History of Science, 41 (2003), 217-240. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Laby Family', Uni News, 11 (24) (2002), 4. Details
  • Grant, Kerr, 'Thomas Ranken Lyle, 1860 - 1944', Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, 5 (14) (1945), 32-49. Details
  • Martin, L. H., 'Obituary: Professor T. H. Laby, FRS', Australian Journal of Science, 9 (2) (1946), 64-65. Details
  • Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson, 'T. H. Laby, FRS: the 1980 Laby memorial lecture', Australian Physicist, 17 (11) (1980), 181-187. Details
  • Picken, D. K., 'Thomas Howell Laby, 1880 - 1946', Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, 5 (16) (1948), 733-55. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.