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Biographical entry Silberstein, Josef Philipp Otto (1920 - 2016)

5 July 1920
Vienna, Austria
28 February 2016
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Aeronautical scientist and Mathematician


Phil Silberstein was a mathematician who between 1939 and 1960 worked at the Aeronautical Research Laboratory on properties and elasticity of aircraft materials and vibrations of engines and propellers. He wrote a large number of reports stemming from this work. On moving to the University of Western Australia in 1960 his focus changed to pure mathematics. For 20 years until retiring in 1985 he was Professor of Mathematics.



1939 -
Career position - Junior Laboratory Assistant, CSIR Aeronautical Research Laboratories by 1944 in Department of Supply
Life event - Migrated to Australia
Education - BA (hons), University of Melbourne
Award - CSIR Studentship for 3 years study at University of Cambridge
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1954 - 1960
Career position - Principal Research Officer, Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Fishermens Bend, Victoria
1960 - 1965
Career position - Reader in Pure Mathematics, University of Western Australia
1966 - 1985
Career position - Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Western Australia
1985 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Western Australia
Life event - Retired

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Journal Articles

  • Fowkes, N. and Silberstein, J. P. O., 'John Mahony 1929-1992', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 10, no. 3, 1995, pp. 265-291. Also available at Details
  • Praeger, Cheryl E., 'J. P. O. (Phil) Silberstein 1920 - 2016', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, pp. 112-3. Details

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