Biographical entry Boswell, Robert William McGregor (1911 - 1976)
- 30 September 1911
North Carlton, Victoria, Australia
- 17 February 1976
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Robert William M. Boswell was Director, Weapons Research Establishment, 1958-65 and Secretary, Department of National Development, 1965-69. He was a member and later Chairman of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission.
Born Melbourne, 30 September 1911. Died Sydney, 17 February 1976. OBE. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1933, MSc 1935). Physicist, CSIR Radio Research Board 1934-36, Physicist, PMG Research Laboratories 1936-47, Fred Knight Travelling Scholar 1937-38, Radar officer, RAN, 1943-46, Telecommunications officer, Commonwealth Department of Civil Aviation 1947-48, Physicist, Weapons Research Establishment, 1948-65, Director 1958-65, Secretary, Department of National Development 1965-69, Deputy Australian High Commissioner, London 1969-72. Member Australian Atomic Energy Commission 1965-70, Chairman 1972-76.
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- '[Obituary]: Boswell, R W McGregor', Atomic Energy in Australia, vol. 19, no. 2, 1976, pp. 7-8. Details
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