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Biographical entry Cole, Keith David (1929 - 2010)

FAA, ARAS, FAIP, FInstP

Born
2 March 1929
Died
13 December 2010
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Keith David Cole was Foundation Professor of Physics and Head of Theoretical Physics at La Trobe University in Victoria, and was appointed Emeritus Professor in 1995. Throughout his illustrious career Cole made many scientific breakthroughs and built a reputation as one of the world's leading solar-terrestrial physicists. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Australian Government and Life Membership of the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, SCOSTEP. The latter is a rare honour which had been bestowed on only nine other people at that time. Cole was a former President of SCOSTEP and was also honoured with Fellowships of the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Institute of Physics, UK and the Explorers Club of New York.

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1952
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at King's College, University of Queensland
1953
Education - Diploma in Education (DipEd) completed at the University of Queensland
1953 - 1955
Career position - Secondary School Teacher in Queensland
1954
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Queensland
1956
Career position - Auroral Physicist on the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to Macquarie Island
1957 - 1963
Career position - Theoretical Physicist with the Antarctic Division of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1962
Career position - Seconded to CSIRO Upper Atmosphere Section
1963 - 1964
Career position - Research Associate at the University of Chicago, USA
1965 - 1966
Career position - Research Associate at the University of Colorado, USA
1966 -
Career position - Foundation Professor of Physics and Head of Theoretical Space Physics at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria
1967
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Queensland
1969 - 1970
Career position - Visiting Researcher at the National Research Council in the USA (twelve months)
1970 - 1973
Career position - Chairman of the Department of Physics at La Trobe University
1976 - 1978
Career position - Chairman of the Department of Physics at La Trobe University
c. 1976 - c. 1979
Career position - Vice-President of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
1977 - 1986
Career position - President of the Special Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)
1979 - 1983
Career position - Member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
1980 -
Award - Fellow of the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism
1980 - 1981
Career position - Dean of the School of Physical Sciences at La Trobe University
1980 - 1983
Career position - President of IAGA
1982 -
Award - Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society, London (ARAS)
1983 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1984 - 1988
Career position - Chairman of the Department of Physics at La Trobe University
1985
Career position - Foreign Secretary and Member of Council of the Australian Academy of Science
1989 -
Award - Honorary member of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
1995 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Physics at La Trobe University
2003
Award - Life membership to SCOSTEP received
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Dyson, Peter L. and Cole, David J., 'Keith David Cole 1929-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 25, 2014, pp. 71-83. Details

Online Resources

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