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Biographical entry Pryor, Arthur William (1928 - 2014)

26 November 1928
Baralaba, Queensland, Australia
31 August 2014
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Arthur Pryor was a physicist renowned for his expertise in crystallography, neutron diffraction and infrared laser isotope separation. After completing his PhD in ultrasonics at the University of Durham and several years spent in the United Kingdom and New Zealand working on underwater acoustics, Pryor was on the staff of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission at Lucas Heights, New South Wales, from 1957 to 1984. His work focussed on the electronics of neutron detection, the Beryllium Oxide program and the enrichment of uranium using lasers. He also designed and constructed several computer-controlled diffractometers. Visits to Harwell, United Kingdom, in the 1960s resulted in the award of the David Syme Research Prize in 1964 and the publication with B. T. M. Mills of Thermal Vibrations in Crystallography (1975). From 1970 to 2005 Pryor held a position as part-time lecturer in atomic physics at Macquarie University.



1957 - 1984
Career position - Research scientist, Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1962 - 2014
Career position - Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1968 - 1969
Career position - Chair, New South Wales Branch, Australian Institute of Physics
1985 - 1989
Career position - Registrar, National Executive, Australian Institute of Physics

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