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Biographical entry Martin, Leslie Harold (1900 - 1983)

CBE, Kt cr, FAA, FRS

Born
21 December 1900
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
1 February 1983
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Leslie Martin was Lecturer and Associate Professor in Natural Philosophy, and then Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne (1927-1959). Some of his many other posts include Commissioner of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (1958-1968) and Professor of Physics at the Royal Military College of Duntroon (1967-1970). In 1971 the College established the Sir Leslie Martin Prize which has been awarded every year since then 1985, and from then at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) since 1986 to the present. The prize is awarded for 'distinguished performance by a First Year Officer Cadet in First Year Physics' from all streams, that is, all Physics, Engineering and Arts students who take Physics I. Martin was knighted in 1957 to honour his outstanding contributions to science.

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1921
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1923
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1923 - 1926
Education - 1851 Exhibition Scholar at the University of Oxford
1927
Career position - Rockefeller Fellow
1927
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge (Cavendish Laboratory), UK
1927 - 1937
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Natural Philosophy at the University of Melbourne
1934
Award - Syme Prize jointly received
1937 - 1945
Career position - Associate Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Melbourne
1945
Award - John Smyth Memorial Medal received from the University of Melbourne
1946
Award - R.M. Johnston Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of Tasmania
1948 - 1968
Career position - Defence Scientific Adviser and Chairman of the Defence Research & Development Policy Committee
1949 - 1959
Career position - Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne
1952 - 1953
Career position - President of the Institute of Physics, Australian branch
1954 -
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1954
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1957 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1957
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
1958 - 1968
Career position - Commissioner with the Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1959 - 1966
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Universities Commission
1967 - 1970
Career position - Dean of Military Studies and Professor of Physics at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra
1971 -
Career position - Sir Leslie Martin Prize established at the Royal Military College

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Leslie Harold Martin - Records, 1905 - 1972, DeB 621; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Muirhead, Edmund, Leslie Martin at Melbourne: profile of a physics department (1945-1959), School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 1998, 123 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Caro, D. E.; Martin, R. L., 'Leslie Harold Martin 1900-1983', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987, pp. 97-107. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870710097.htm. Details
  • Caro, D.E., 'Sir Leslie Harold Martin (1900-1983) - Obituary', Australian Physicist, vol. 20, May, 1983, pp. 91-92. Details

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