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Biographical entry Coyle, Richard Alan (Dick) (1922 - 2014)

Born
31 May 1922
New Zealand
Died
18 January 2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Physicist and X-ray diffractionist

Summary

Richard Coyle was internationally recognised X-ray diffractionist and widely regarded as the foremost Australian expert on residual stress assessments of engineering components, such as aircraft parts. He was known particularly for his expertise in equipment development, rather than buying analytical equipment off-the-shelf. After serving as a naval radar officer during WWII, in the post-war years he designed and built instruments, including X-ray diffraction equipment, for materials research and identification while at the CSIRO Division of Tribophysics and the Munitions Supply Laboratory, Maribyrnong. Following more than two years at the British National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, United Kingdom, Coyle joined the Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Fishermans Bend, Melbourne. His research as an Experimental Officer encompassed metal fatigue, fibre patching of metals, carbon-fibre technology, and car seatbelt design. He later moved to the Department of Physics at Monash university. Coyle was a founding member of the Australian X-Ray Analytical Association, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Society of Crystallographers in Australia.

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1958
Award - Florence Taylor Medal (Victoria), Australian Institute of Metals
1962
Career position - Founding member, Australian Institute of Physics
1986
Career position - Hon. Fellow, Department of Physics, Monash University
1986
Life event - Retired from Monash University
1991
Award - Florence Taylor Medal, Materials Australia (NSW) (fmly Aun Institute of Metals)

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  • Coyle, Jackey and Coyle, Stephen, 'Physicist who loved family and fairness: Richard Coyle, physicist, 31-5-1922 - 18-1-2014', The Age, no. 19 February, 2014, p. 50. Details

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