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Biographical entry Freeman, Joan (1918 - 1998)

7 January 1918
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
18 March 1998


Joan Freeman began her career at CSIR Radiophysics Laboratory during World War II, working on the production of a 10cm microwave radar set. She spent most of her working life at the British Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1941 - 1946
Career position - CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Radiophysics Laboratory
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1946 - 1951
Career position - Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK
1951 - 1978
Career position - Van de Graaff Accelerator Group at Harwell Nuclear Physics Division
Award - Rutherford Medal received from the British Institute of Physics

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Freeman, Joan, A Passion for Physics: the Story of a Woman Physicist, Adam Hilger, Bristol, 1991, 240 pp. Details
  • The Radiophysics Laboratory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, A Textbook of Radar, Angus & Robertson, Sydney; London, 1947, 579 pp. Author of Chapter 11. Details

Conference Papers

  • Allen, Nessy, 'Cross-National Careers: the Interchange of Women Scientists to and From Australia', in Don Grant and Graham Seal (eds), Australia in the world: perceptions and possibilities: papers from the Outside Images of Australia Conference, Perth, 1992, Black Swan Press, Perth, 1992. Details

Online Resources

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