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Biographical entry Wild, John Paul (Paul) (1923 - 2008)

FAA, FRS, FTSE

Born
17 May 1923
Sheffield, England
Died
10 May 2008
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Radiophysicist

Summary

Paul Wild was Chief of the Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO 1971-1977 after joining the Division in 1947. He was Chairman of CSIRO 1978-1985. His interests included radio astronomy, solar physics, and radio navigation.

Details

Born Sheffield, England 17 May 1923. CBE 1978; AC 1986. Educated University of Cambridge (BA 1943, MA 1950, ScD 1962). Radar Officer, Royal Navy 1943-47; Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Radiophysics 1947-53, Senior Research Officer 1953-56, Principal Research Officer 1956-58, Senior Principal Research Officer 1958-61, Chief Research Officer 1961-66, Director, CSIRO Solar Observatory, Culgoora 1966-71, Chief, CSIRO Division of Radiophysics 1971-77, Member, CSIRO Executive 1978, Chairman, CSIRO 1978-85; Chairman, Very Fast Train Joint Venture 1986-91. Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1958; Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1961; Foreign Member, American Philosophical Society 1962; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1964; Corresponding Member, Royal Society of Liege 1969; Hendryk Arctowski Gold Medal, US National Academy of Sciences 1969; Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal, International Union of Radio Science 1969; Fellow, Royal Society 1970; first Herschel Medal, Royal Astronomical Society 1974; Matthew Flinders Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science 1974; Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science 1975; Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1977; Hale Prize for Solar Astronomy, American Astronomical Society 1980; ANZAAS Medal 1984; Hartnet Medal, Royal Society of Arts London 1988. President, Radio Astronomy Commission, International Astronomical Union 1967-70; Foreign Secretary, Australian Academy of Science 1973-77.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Paul Wild - Records, 1975 - 1980, MS 136; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Stewart, Ronald, Orchiston, Wayne and Slee, Bruce, 'The Sun Has Set on a Brilliant Mind: John Paul Wild (1923-2008), Solar Radio Astronomer Extraordinaire', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 527-42. Details
  • Wendt, Harry, 'Paul Wild and His Investigation of the H-Line', in Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamuro, Tsuko and Strom, Richard G. (eds), Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 543-6. Details

Journal Articles

  • Frater, R. H. and Ekers, R. D., 'John Paul Wild AC CBE FAA FTSE. 17 May 1923 - 10 May 2008', Biographical Memoirs Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 58, 2012, pp. 327-46. Details
  • Frater, R. H. and Ekers, R. D., 'John Paul Wild 1923-2008', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 23, 2012, pp. 212-27. Details
  • Wild, J. P., 'The Beginnings of Radio Astronomy in Australia', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 2, no. 3, 1972, pp. 52-61. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9720230052.htm. Details
  • Wild, J. P., 'The Beginnings of Radio Astronomy in Australia', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987, pp. 95-102. Details
  • Wild, J. P. And Radhakrishnan, V. R., 'John Gatenby Bolton 1922-1993', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 10, no. 4, 1995, pp. 381-391. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9951040381.htm. Details

Theses

  • Stewart, Ronald Thomas, 'The contribution of the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics Penrith and Dapto Field Stations to international radio astronomy', PhD thesis, James Cook University, 2009, 300 pp. Also available at http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/10660. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.