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


17 May 1923
Sheffield, England
10 May 2008
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


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.


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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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.