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Biographical entry Ross, Alexander David (1883 - 1966)

7 September 1883
Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
14 December 1966


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.


Born 7 September 1883. Died 14 December 1966. Educated University of Glasgow (MSc 1906, DSc 1910). CBE 1949. Assistant, University of Glasgow 1908-12, Professor of Physics and Mathematics 1912-29 and of Physics 1929-52, University of Western Australia. President, Royal Society of Western Australia (3 times), State president, Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia 1944-45, national president 1948-50, chairman, WA division, Australian National Research Council 1944-55. conducted research into ionospheric effects on radio transmissions at the Watheroo Magnetic observatory.


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

Book Sections

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.