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Biographical entry Fox, Francis Arthur (1910 - 1999)

Born
15 March 1910
Westcliff, England
Died
29 December 1999
Occupation
Metallurgist

Summary

Francis Arthur Fox worked in England and West Africa before arriving in Melbourne in 1953. From 1957-70 he was Chief Superintendent, Defence Standards Laboratory, Department of Supply, Maribyrnong. During World War II he made a significant contribution to the war effort with his work on magnesium technology.

Details

Born Westcliff, England, 15 March 1910. Died Melbourne, 29 December 1999. Educated University of Birmingham (MSc, DSc). Metallurgist, Taquah & Abosso Gold Mines, Gold Coast, West Africa 1932-34; ICI Metals Division 1934-38; Chief Metallurgist, Magnesium Elektron Ltd 1938-47; Departmental Director, British Welding Research Association 1947-50; Technical Manager, J.J. Enthoven Ltd London 1950-52; Superintending Scientist, Australian Defence Scientific Service 1952-57; Chief Superintendent, Defence Standards Laboratories (DSL), Department of Supply 1957-70. Robertson Award, British Institute of Metals; Florence Taylor Award, Australian Institute of Metals. Commemorated by the Francis Fox Laboratory at DSL, opened in 1985.

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Fox, Peter, 'Obituary: Dr Francis Arthur Fox, MSc, DSc, FIM', The Age, 3 March 2000. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_f.html. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details

Digital resources

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Title
Obituary - Dr Francis Arthur Fox, M.Sc, D.Sc, FIM
Type
Obituary
Date
3 March 2003

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