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Biographical entry Ross, Alexander David (1883 - 1966)

Born
7 September 1883
Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Died
14 December 1966
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Alexander Ross was Professor of Physics and Mathematics 1912-1929 and of Physics 1929-1952, at the University of Western Australia. His research interests were in the area of vacuum spectroscopy and optical astronomy. He founded the Pan-Indian Science congress of 14 countries and conducted research into ionospheric effects on radio transmissions at the Watheroo Magnetic observatory.

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Chair - Western Australian Secretary, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)
- 1906
Education - Masters of Science (MSc), University of Glasgow, Scotland
- 1910
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc), University of Glasgow, Scotland
1908 - 1912
Career position - Assistant, University of Glasgow, Scotland
1913 - 1929
Career position - Professor of Physics and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia
1916 - 1917
Head - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1923 - 1924
Head - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1924 - 1943
Chair - Secretary, Australian Institute of Physics
1929 - 1952
Career position - Professor of Physics, The University of Western Australia
1940 - 1941
Head - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1944 - 1945
Head - President, Australian Institute of Physics
1944 - 1945
Career event - State President, Western Australian Division, Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia
1944 - 1955
Career position - Chairman, Western Australian Division, Australian National Research Council
1948 - 1950
Head - President, Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia
1949
Award - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (CBE)

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Alexander David Ross - Records, 1951 - 1965, MS 066; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Private hands (Rowbotham, V.)

  • Alexander David Ross - Records, 1883 - 1966; Private hands (Rowbotham, V.). Details

University of Western Australia, University Archives

  • Alexander David Ross - Records, 1935 - 1961; University of Western Australia, University Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Professor A.D. Ross', Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, vol. 51, no. 2, 1968, p. 63. Details
  • Shearer, J., 'Obituary: Professor A. D. Ross, 1883-1966', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 29, no. 11, 1967, p. 417. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.