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Biographical entry Bullen, Keith Edward (1906 - 1976)


29 June 1906
Auckland, New Zealand
23 September 1976
Auckland, New Zealand
Mathematician and Seismologist


Keith Bullen was Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney 1946-1971 but had earlier worked at Auckland University College 1928-1940 and the University of Melbourne 1940-1945. He studied at Cambridge under H. Jeffreys working on theoretical seismology.


Born Auckland, New Zealand, 29 June 1906. Died Auckland, 23 September 1976. Educated Auckland University College (BA 1926, MA 1928, BSc 1930) and University of Cambridge (PhD 1937, ScD 1946). Teacher, Auckland Grammar School 1926-27; lecturer in mathematics, Auckland University College 1928-31, 1934-40; senior lecturer in mathematics, University of Melbourne 1940-45; professor of applied mathematics, University of Sydney 1946-71. Fellow, Royal Society 1949, Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954; research medal, Royal Society of Victoria 1966.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Keith Edward Bullen, FAA - Records, 1926 - 1976, MS 223; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Keith Edward Bullen - Records, 1915 - 1976, P 25; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

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  • Winch, Denis E., 'Bullen, Keith Edward (1906-1976), Seismologist and Professor of Applied Mathematics', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 295-297. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: K. E. Bullen', Search, vol. 7, no. 11-12, 1976, p. 459. Details
  • Bullen, K. E., 'Obituary: Thomas Noel Burke-Gaffney, S. J.', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 21, no. 5, 1958, pp. 133-134. Details
  • Bullen, K. E., 'Obituary: Roger Chapman Thorne', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 22, no. 3, 1959, pp. 109-110. Details
  • Bullen, K. E., 'Thomas MacFarland Cherry', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 2, 1967, pp. 97-107. Details
  • Hales, A. L., 'Keith Edward Bullen 1906-1976', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 4, no. 2, 1979, pp. 42-64. Details


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