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Biographical entry Blamey, Jack W. (1914 - 1986)

13 August 1986
Physicist and Engineer


Jack Blamey was a member of the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University from1950 to 1986. He played a major role in designing, building and running the school's Homopolar Generator. After graduating with a Master of Science (MSc) from the University of Melbourne, Blamey worked as a school teacher for a while and during World War II worked on optical aspects of munitions. After the War Blamey worked on cyclotron and proton synchroton accelerators at Birmingham with Mark Oliphant, then in 1950 he joined the Research School of Physical Sciences. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Plasma Research Laboratory from 1979 to 1986.

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Archival resources

National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • Jack W. Blamey - Records, 1940 - 1986; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Ophel, Trevor and Jenkin, John, Fire in the Belly: the First Fifty Years of the Pioneer School at the ANU (Canberra: Research School of Physical Science and Engineering, Institute of Advanced Studies, ANU, 1996), 157 pp. Details


See also

  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: successes and lost opportunities', Australian Physicist (1990). Details
  • McCarthy, Gavan, 'Generating History: the heritage value of the archives of the Australian National University Homopolar Generator', Transactions of The Institution of Engineers, Australia: Multi-Disciplinary Engineering, GE11 (2 (November)) (1987), 101-106. Details

McCarthy, G.J.