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Biographical entry Waterworth, Eric Newham (1905 - )

Born
15 May 1905
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Physicist and Instrument maker

Summary

Eric Newham Waterworth was the Officer-in-charge of the Ministry of Munitions Annexe 9/101 at the Physics Laboratory, University of Tasmania during World War II. The Annexe was involved with the Optical Munitions Panel. Initially he worked in the family optometry business then established his own design and production business. After a stint working in London (1928-1931), Waterworth returned to Australia and developed the sound equipment for the first talkie movie theatre in Hobart. Next he spent three years running a factory which made razor-blades. He also made equipment for the physics and chemistry departments of the University of Tasmania during the 1930s.

Details

Events

1921
Career position - Worked in the family optometry business
1922
Career position - Established an optical design and production business
1926
Career position - Automatic record changer patented
1928 - 1931
Career position - Worked in London
c. 1940 - c. 1945
Career position - Officer-in-charge of the Ministry of Munitions Annexe at the Physics Laboratory, University of Tasmania
1945 - 1965
Career position - Purchased the Munitions Annexe and designed and made optical devices

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Goodall, Caroline, Eric Waterworth: an inventive Tasmanian, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston (Tas.), 1990, 20 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.