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Biographical entry Martyn, David Forbes (1906 - 1970)

FAA, FRS

Born
27 June 1906
Cambuslang, Lanark, Scotland
Died
5 March 1970
Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Radiophysicist

Summary

David Martyn was Officer-in-Charge, CSIRO Upper Atmosphere section 1958-1970, David Forbes Martyn was earlier CSIR/O Chief Scientific Officer, Radio Research Board 1944-1958 and Chief of Radio Physics 1940-1941. He was President of the Australian Academy of Science 1969-1970. . Martyn's research was focused on the investigation of waves reflected from the ionosphere and a study of the properties of the ionosphere, including how it was linked to changes in the Earth's magnetic field. He was also involved in early research on radar. Martyn played a key role in the foundation of the Australian Academy of Science and the assumption of the responsibility for maintaining Australia's international scientific connections that was previously exercised by the Australian National Research Council. In later years he became heavily involved in the International Radio Science Union and other international organisations.

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1928
Education - PhD, University of London
1929 - ?
Career position - Research Officer, Australian Radio Research Board, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1936
Education - DSc, University of London
1940 - 1941
Career position - Chief, Division of Radiophysics, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1944 - 1949
Career position - Chief Scientific Officer, Radio Research Board, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1947
Award - Sidey Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand
1947
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian National Research Council
1949 - 1958
Career position - Chief Scientific Officer, Radio Research Board, CSIRO
1950
Award - Burfitt Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1950 - 1954
Career position - Vice-President, International Radio Science Union
1950 - 1970
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1954 - 1970
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1955
Award - Charles Chree Medal, Physical Society, London
1962 - 1970
Career position - Chair, United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
1969 - 1970
Career position - President, Australian Academy of Science

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Academy of Science - Records, 1935 - 2007, MS 039; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • David Forbes Martyn - Records, 1950 - 1954, MS 033; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • David Forbes Martyn - Records, 1940 - 1970, Series 3 and others; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

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