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Biographical entry Blair, David Gerald (1946 - )

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Born
26 November 1946
Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

David Blair is an experimental physicist whose pioneering work in precision measurement science includes microwave cavity electro mechanics, the invention of the first ultra-precise sapphire clock, and the study of three mode interactions that underpinned the detection of gravitational waves. He led the establishment of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre in Western Australia which helped enable the detection of gravitational waves. Blair was appointed Winthrop Professor of Physics at the University of Western Australia in 1998.

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1950
Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1976 - 1979
Award - Queen Elizabeth Research Fellowship
1979 - 1980
Career position - Research Associate, University of Western Australia
1985 - 1986
Career position - President, Guildford Association
1990 -
Career position - Director, Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, University of Western Australia
1992
Award - NASA Group Achievement Award
1992 - 2001
Career position - Member, International Committee for General Relativity and Gravitation
1995
Award - Walter Boas Medal, Australian Institute of Physics
1998 -
Career position - Member, International Committee for the Grossmann Meetings
1998 -
Career position - Member, Gravity Wave International Committee
1998 -
Career position - Winthrop Professor of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Western Australia
1999 -
Career position - Member, Gravity Discovery Centre Foundation
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to the community through the development of the Southern Cross Cosmos Centre
2003
Award - Clunies Ross Medal for Science and Technology, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2005
Award - ANZAAS Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
2005
Award - Eureka Prize for the Public Understanding of Science, for the establishment of the Gravity Discovery Centre
2007
Award - Western Australian Premier's Science Award for Scientist of the Year
2013
Award - Fellow, American Physical Society
2018
Award - Inducted into Western Australian Science Hall of Fame, Western Australian Premier's Science Awards
2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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