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Biographical entry Law, Phillip Garth (1912 - 2010)

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    Phillip Garth Law in Antarctica, courtesy of National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection.
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Born
21 April 1912
Tallangatta, Victoria, Australia
Died
28 February 2010
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Antarctic explorer and Physicist

Summary

Phillip Law was Director, Antarctic Division, Department of External Affairs and Leader of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions 1949-1966. He founded the Mawson, Davis and Casey bases in Antarctica.

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Born Tallangatta, Victoria, 21 April 1912. Educated University of Melbourne (MSc). CBE 1961, AO 1975, AC 1995. Lecturer in physics, University of Melbourne 1943-48, leader Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions 1949-66, Director, Antarctic Division, Department of External Affairs 1949-66, Vice-president, Victoria Institute of Colleges 1966-77. Victorian Committee, Duke of Edinburgh Award 1964-81, Chairman, Australian National Committee for Antarctic Research 1966-80, President, Royal Society of Victoria 1967-69, President, Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences 1977-80. Clive Lord Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania 1958, Founder's Gold Medal, Royal Geographical Society of London 1960, John Lewis Gold Medal, Royal Geographical Society of Australia 1962, Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1975, Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1978, James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1988, Gold Medal, Australian Geographic Society 1988. Assistant Secretary and later Acting Secretary, Optical Munitions Panel. Foundation Fellow, Royal Society of Victoria 1995. Clunies Ross National Award for Lifetime Contribution to Science and Technology, 2001.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Oral Collection, 1931 - 2003, MS 057; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Phillip Garth Law - Records, 1966 - 1977, MS 123; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Audio of interview with P.G. Law, 4 September 1985, P001333; Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Phillip Garth Law - Records, 1940 - 1980, MS 9458; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Phillip Garth Law - Records, 1975, TRC 351; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Phillip Garth Law - Records, 1940 - 1990; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Law, Phillip, Australia and the Antarctic. John Murtagh Macrossan Memorial Lecture, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1962. Details
  • Law, Phillip, Antarctic Odyssey, Heinemann Australia, Melbourne, 1983. Details
  • Law, Phillip, The Antarctic Voyage of HMAS Wyatt Earp, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1995, 152 pp. Details
  • Ralston, Kathleen, A Man for Antarctica: the Early Life of Phillip Law, Hyland House, South Melbourne, 1993, 236 pp. Details
  • Ralston, Kathleen, Phillip Law: the Antarctic Exploration years, 1954-66, AusInfo, Department of Finance and Administration, Canberra, 1998, 278 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anderson, Fay, 'Phillip Garth Law: Explorer and Scientist', Australasian Science, vol. 19, no. 2, 1998, p. 56. Details
  • Bowden, Tim, 'Obituary: Phillip Garth Law', Polar Record, vol. 46, 2010, pp. 383-4. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Phillip Garth Law', Uni News, vol. 12, no. 11, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Law, Phillip, 'The Mawson Story - Part 2: Hungry and Alone in the Antarctic', Royal Historical Society of Victoria Journal, vol. 57, no. 2, 1986, pp. 13-18. Details
  • Law, Phillip, 'The Mawson Story - No 1: 'a Powerful, Stubborn and Gentle Man'', Royal Historical Society of Victoria Journal, vol. 57, no. 1, 1986, pp. 3-13. Details
  • Law, Phillip, 'The Mawson story - no. 3: Antarctic triumphs to remember', Royal Historical Society of Victoria Journal, vol. 57, no. 3, 1986, pp. 14-24. Details
  • Lugg, Desmond, 'Phillip Garth Law AC, CBE 1912-2010', Australian Antarctic Magazine, vol. 18, 2010, pp. 22-4. Details
  • McAuley, W. J. W., 'Dr Phillip Garth Law AC CBE, 21 April 1912-28 February 2010', Geographical Journal, vol. 177, 2011, pp. 92-3. Details
  • McAuley, William J. M. and others, 'The 95th Birthday of Dr Phillip Garth Law', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 110, no. 2, 2007, pp. xxxiii-xlv. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G. and Lugg, Desmond J., 'Phillip Garth Law 1912-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 134-59. Details

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Digital resources

Title
Phillip Garth Law in Antarctica
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Repository
National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

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Law, Phillip Garth Portrait
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McCarthy, G.J.