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Biographical entry Stalker, Raymond John (1930 - 2014)


6 August 1930
Dimboola, Victoria, Australia
9 February 2014
Aeronautical engineer


Raymond Stalker was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland from 1977 to 1988 and Professor of Space Engineering from 1988 to 1993. He invented the shock tunnel (known as the Stalker tunnel) and the scramjet.


Born 6 August 1930. Educated University of Sydney (BSc 1951, BE 1953, MEngSc 1955, PhD 1957). Research Officer, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada 1958-60, Senior Research Fellow, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, England 1960-61, Lecturer, Australian National University 1962-63, Senior Lecturer 1963-67, Reader 1968-76, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland 1977-88, Head of Department 1983-86, Professor of Space Engineering 1988-93. Chairman, Canberra Branch, Royal Aeronautical Society 1966, 1967. Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division Lecture Prize 1979, Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1989, Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1989, AGM Michell Medal, Institution of Engineers Australia 1991, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Ground Testing Award 1993, International Collaboration Award of the International Society of Air Breathing Engines 1995.


Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
Award - Centenary Medal
09 June 2003
Award - Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia
Award - ANZAAS Medal

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  • Stalker, Caroline, 'Ray Stalker, space engineer, 6-8-1930 - 9-2-2014: boy with a dream of Mars flight became pioneering space engineer', The Age, 19 February, p. 50. Details

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Rosanne Walker