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Biographical entry Buchdahl, Hans Adolph (1919 - 2009)

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Born
7 September 1919
Mainz, Germany
Died
1 January 2009
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Hans Buchdahl was Professor of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University 1962-1985. He was one of the few physicists who continued in theoretical optics after World War II. His work has been in the area of optical aberration coefficients and the equations of general relativity.

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1939
Career position - Associate of the Royal College of Science (ARCS)
1941 - 1946
Career position - Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, University of Tasmania
1946 - 1952
Career position - Lecturer (part time) and research Physicist, University of Tasmania
1949
Education - DSc, University of Tasmania
1951
Award - Nuffield Foundation Dominion Fellow
1952 - 1956
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, University of Tasmania
1956
Education - DSc, University of London
1956 - 1963
Career position - Reader in Theoretical Physics, University of Tasmania
1962 - 1985
Career position - Inaugural Professor of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Science, School of General Studies, Australian National University
1967 - 1968
Career position - NY State Professor of Optics, University of Rochester
1968 - 2010
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1972
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal , Australian Academy of Science
1974 - 2010
Award - Fellow, Optical Society of America
1980
Award - Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales
1985
Life event - Retired
1985 - 1988
Career position - University Fellow, Australian National University
1993
Award - C. E. K. Mees Medal, Optical Society of America
1997
Award - A. E. Conrady Award, International Society for Optical Engineering
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in optics

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Hans Adolph Buchdahl - Records, 1950 - 1968, MS 153; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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See also

  • Who's who in Australia XXXIst edition 1995, 31st edn, Information Australia Group, Melbourne, 1995, 1622 pp. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: successes and lost opportunities', Australian Physicist, 1990. http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/exhib/papers/bolton2.htm. Details
  • Fenton, Arthur Geoffrey, History of Physics in Tasmania, 1792-1982, Australian Institute of Physics, Tasmanian Branch, Hobart, 2005, 193 pp. Details

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