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Biographical entry Smith, Thomas Frederick (Fred) (1939 - 2014)

Born
30 May 1939
London, United Kingdom
Died
2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Physicist and Research administrator

Summary

Fred Smith was a physicist whose early research career was at the University of California, San Diego, and the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, United Kingdom. His research focussed on superconductivity, particularly the effect of high pressure. In 1973 he joined the staff of the CSIRO Division of Physics, National Measurement Laboratory, where he began a long collaboration with Trevor Finlayson at Monash University on superconductivity and thermal expansion at low temperatures. This collaboration resulted on over 50 papers. Smith was Professor of Physics, Monash University, from 1976 to 1991, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), La Trobe University, 1991 - 2004. Her served as President of the Australian Institute of Physics, 1984 - 1986.

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1960
Education - BSc, University of Sheffield
1963
Education - PhD, University of Sheffield
1964 - 1967
Career position - Research Physicist, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A
1967 - 1970
Career position - Senior Research Fellow, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, United Kingdom
1970 - 1973
Career position - Research Physicist, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.
1973 - 1974
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, National Measurement Laboratory
1974 - 1976
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, Monash University
1976 - 1991
Career position - Professor of Physics, Monash University
1981 - 1991
Career position - Chairman, Department of Physics, Monash University
1984 - 1986
Career position - President, Australian Institute of Physics
1985 - 1987
Career position - President, Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
1987 - 1993
Career position - Chair, Australian Science Olympiads Committee
1991 - 2004
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), La Trobe University
2000 - 2014
Award - Fellow Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in applied physics
2004
Life event - Retired
2005
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to higher education, particularly research policy and administration, to science and technology development, and to science education
2005 - 2008
Career position - Secretary, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2007 - 2010
Career position - Secretary, Royal Society of Victoria

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Finlayson, Trevor, Gardner, Bill and Smith, Paul, 'Thomas Frederick (Fred) Smith AM, FTSE 1939 - 2014', Australian Physics, vol. 51, no. 3, 2014, p. 94. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Finlayson, Trevor, Gardner, Bill and Smith, Paul, 'Fred Smith, a physicist with a wide influence: Fred Smith, 1939-2014', Sydney Morning Herald, May 5 2014. Details

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