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Biographical entry Troup, Gordon John Fordyce (1932 - 2015)

25 February 1932
21 December 2015
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Gordon Troup was one of the first Australian physicists to engage in maser (later laser) research. This research, begun at the Weapons Research Establishment and on secondment to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in England, was continued through his time at Monash University. In particular Troup worked on various forms of resonance, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron spin resonance (ESR), studies of metal ions in natural and synthetic minerals as possible laser materials, quantum electronics and photon counting. In 1964 he succeeded in building a gas laser at Monash. Troup published over 100 research papers and seven books including on masers and lasers, quantum mechanics, optical coherence theory.



Life event - Evacuated to Victoria
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1952 - 1961
Career position - Research scientist, Weapons Research Establishment, Salisbury, South Australia
1956 -
Career event - Seconded to Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, England
Education - MSc, Chelsea College, London
1961 - 1969
Career position - Lecturer (later Senior) in Physics, Monash University
1969 - 1994
Career position - Reader in Physics, Monash University
Award - DSc, University of Melbourne
1994 - 2015
Career position - Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Pilbrow, John, 'Dr Gordon John Fordyce Troup 25 February 1932 - 21 December 2015', Australian Physics, vol. 53, no. 2, 2016, p. 71. Details

See also

  • Jackson, Stuart, 'The blinding 1960s of Australian laser research', Australian Physics, vol. 52, no. 4, 2015, pp. 117-20. Details

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