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Biographical entry Smerd, Stefan Friedrich (1916 - 1978)

Born
28 July 1916
Vienna, Austria
Died
20 December 1978
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Stefan Smerd was one of the world's leading solar physicists. He earned an international reputation for his work on thermal processes in the 'quiet' sun and energetic non-thermal processes associated with solar disturbances. After working on the development of radar during WWII he joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1946 in the Division of Radiophysics, initially working with Joe Pawsey. During the International Geophysical Year (1957/8) he established a world data centre for solar emission. In 1971 he became Director of the CSIRO observatory at Culgoora, New South Wales, and head of the solar radio astronomy group.

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1942
Education - BSc, University of Liverpool, United kingdom
1946
Career event - Appointed to Division of Radiophysics, CSIR
1965
Education - DSc, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
1971 - 1978
Career position - Director, C.S.I.R.O. Solar Observatory at Culgoora, New South Wales

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