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Biographical entry Thompson, Arthur Melville (Mel) (1917 - 2009)

4 January 1917
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 August 2009
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Mel Thompson was sometime Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Physics, National Standards Laboratory. He made major contributions to the precise measurement of physical quantities, particularly electrical.


Born Adelaide, 4 January 1917. Educated University of Adelaide (BSc). Hon. Dr. Ing., Tech. Univ. of Hannover. Sperry Medal, Instrument Society of America 1965 (jointly with D.G. Lampard, qv); Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1972.

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  • Inglis, Barry D., 'Arthur Melville Thompson 1917-2009', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 25, 2014, pp. 306-12. Details

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