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Biographical entry Lyle, Thomas Ranken (1860 - 1944)


26 August 1860
Coleraine, Londonerry, Northern Ireland
31 March 1944
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Physicist and Mathematician


Sir Thomas Lyle was Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne 1889-1914, chairman of the Board of the Melbourne Observatory 1903-1944, a scientific advisor to the Naval Board 1914-1918, and president of the Australian National Research Council 1929-1932.



1889 - 1914
Career position - Professor of Natural Philosophy, The University of Melbourne
1903 - 1944
Chair - Chairman of the Board, Melbourne Observatory
1914 - 1918
Career position - Scientific Advisor, Naval Board
1929 - 1932
Career position - President, Australian National Research Council

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Thomas Ranken Lyle - Records, 1896 - 1944, MS 024; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Audio of interview with Thomas Rankin Lyle, P000585; Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne. Details

Private hands (Lyle, T.R.)

  • Thomas Ranken Lyle - Records, 1860 - 1944; Private hands (Lyle, T.R.). Details

State Electricity Commission of Victoria Archives

  • Thomas Ranken Lyle - Records, 1919 - 1937; State Electricity Commission of Victoria Archives. Details

University of Adelaide, Physics Department

  • Thomas Ranken Lyle - Records, 1944, 85.174 (1426); University of Adelaide, Physics Department. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Home, R. W., 'Lyle, Sir Thomas Ranken (1860-1944), Mathematical Physicist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 172-174. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Grant, Kerr, 'Obituary: Sir Thomas Ranken Lyle', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 6, no. 6, 1944, pp. 174-176. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.