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Biographical entry Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson (1908 - 1983)

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Born
16 May 1908
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
27 November 1983
Occupation
Mathematical physicist and Physicist

Summary

(Sir) Harrie Stewart W. Massey, a graduate of the University of Melbourne, was the Goldsmid Professor of Mathematics, University College London 1938-50, the Quain Professor and Head of the Physics Department from 1950-72 and head of the department of physics and astronomy from 1972-75.

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Events

1927
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1929
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Melbourne
1929
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1932
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
1933 - 1938
Career position - Independent Lecturer in Mathematical Physics at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland
1938 - 1950
Career position - Goldsmid Professor of Mathematics at University College London
1950 - 1972
Career position - Quain Professor and Head of the Department of Physics at University College London
1953 - 1957
Career position - President of the Atomic Scientists Association
1954 - 1956
Career position - President of the Physical Society
1955
Award - Hughes Medal received from the Royal Society
1958
Award - Royal Medal received from the Royal Society
1960
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
1965 -
Career position - Chairman of the Council of Science Policy
1967
Award - Rutherford Memorial Lecture presented to the Royal Society
1969 - 1973
Career position - Vice-Provost at University College London
1972 - 1975
Career position - Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London
1982
Award - Gold Medal received from the Royal Astronomical Society
1984
Award - Anglo-Australian base laboratory building named the Massey building in his honour
1990
Award - The Massey Medal established by the Australian Institute of Physics

Archival resources

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Audio of Sir Harrie Massey's 1980 T.H. Laby Centennial Lecture, 26 August 1980, P001335; Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey - Records, 1920 - 1970, DeB 489; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

University of Adelaide, Physics Department

  • Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey - Records, 1949; University of Adelaide, Physics Department. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson, 'T. H. Laby, FRS: the 1980 Laby memorial lecture', Australian Physicist, vol. 17, no. 11, 1980, pp. 181-187. Details
  • Mohr, C. B. O., 'Professor Sir Harrie Massey - Obituary', Australian Physicist, vol. 21, 1984, p. 11. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.