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    Sir Ernest William Titterton
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Born
4 March 1916
Kettlebrook, Staffordshire, England
Died
8 February 1990
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Ernest Titterton was Professor of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University, Canberra 1950-1981. He worked on a number of committees concerned with atomic energy and weapons.

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- 1937
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Birmingham University, England
1937 - 1938
Education - Masters of Science (MSc), Birmingham University, England
1938 - 1939
Education - Diploma of Education (DipEd), Birmingham University, England
1939 - 1941
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Birmingham University, England
1939 - 1943
Career position - Research Officer, Radar, British Admiralty
1943 - 1947
Career position - Member, British Scientific Mission in the United States of America to develop first Nuclear Weapons
1945
Career position - Senior Member, Timing Group, Alamagordo Nuclear Weapon Tests, New Mexico, United States of America
1946
Career position - Chief Adviser on Instrumentation to the Task Force Commander, Bikini Nuclear Weapons Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
1946 - 1947
Career position - Head, Electronics Division, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, New Mexico, United States of America
1947 - 1950
Career position - Group Leader, Nuclear Emulsion and Cloud Chamber Research, Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Harwell Laboratory, England
1950 - 1968
Career position - Foundation Professor of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University
1952 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of Arts and Sciences of London, England
1952 -
Award - Fellow, American Physical Society, United States of America
1954 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1957 - 1973
Career position - Chairman, Australian Atomic Weapons Tests Safety Committee
1959
Award - The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG), British
1966 - 1968
Career position - Dean, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University
1968 - 1973
Career position - Director, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University
1970
Award - Knighthood (Kt), United Kingdom
1973 - 1974
Head - President, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
1973 - 1981
Career position - Professor of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University
1981 - 1987
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Ernest William Titterton - Records, 1940 - 1990, MS 168; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • John Oswald Newton - Records, c. 1941 - c. 1992, MS 212; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Ophel, Trevor and Jenkin, John, Fire in the Belly: the First Fifty Years of the Pioneer School at the ANU, Research School of Physical Science and Engineering, Institute of Advanced Studies, ANU, Canberra, 1996, 157 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Newton, J. O. and Jenkin, John, 'Titterton, Sir Ernest William (1916-1990), Professor of Nuclear Physics', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 510-2. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.