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Biographical entry Bolton, Herbert Cairns (1921 - 2000)

Born
21 May 1921
England
Died
11 July 2000
Occupation
Theoretical physicist and Science historian

Summary

Herbert Bolton was Professor of Theoretical Physics, Monash University from 1962-1986. Following his retirement he became a senior associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne and a keen supporter of the Australian Science Archives Project and its successor, the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Bolton was educated at King's College, London (BSc, PhD).

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1942 - 1946
Career position - Demonstrator in Physics at King's College London
1946 - 1951
Career position - Lecturer in Physics at Nottingham University, UK
1951 - 1957
Career position - Lecturer in Physics at King's College in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK
1957 - 1962
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Physics at King's College in Newcastle-on-Tyne
1962 - 1986
Career position - Professor of Theoretical Physics at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria
1979 - 1980
Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Physics
1986 -
Career position - Senior Associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne

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Archival resources

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Audio of Professor H.C. Bolton's lecture Early optics in Melbourne, 11 October 1984, P000244; Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • Bolton, H. C., 'J.J. McNeill [1916-1980] and the Development of Optical Research in Australia', Historical Records of Australian Science, 5 (4) (1983), 55-72. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9830540055.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Some Themes in the Development of Optics in Australia', Australian Physicist, 21 (1984), 285-288. http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/exhib/papers/bolton1.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'The Development of Ruling Engines in Melbourne, 1890-1940: a Link between Amateur and Professional Science', Historical Records of Australian Science, 6 (4) (1987), 493-505. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870640493.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Two Scientific Instruments Restored', Australian Physicist, 24 (2) (1987), 38-40. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'The Development of Physics in Australia', Australian Physicist, 25 (1988), 43-48, 64-70. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'The introscope: an instrument with a link to wartime Australian optics', Australian Physicist education supplement, 3 (1990), 4. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: successes and lost opportunities', Australian Physicist (1990). http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/exhib/papers/bolton2.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: Successes and Lost Opportunities', Australian Physicist, 27 (3) (1990), 31-43. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'A.M.G. Thom: Crossing the Gap between Amateur and Professional Science', Victorian Historical Journal, 62 (1 & 2) (1991), 51-59. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Twenty-five year Index to Historical Records of Australian Science and its Predecessor, Records of the Australian Academy of Science', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (1) (1992), 89-103. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9920910089.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Coller, B.A.W., 'Two Letters of William Sutherland to T. Brailsford Robertson: Ideas on the Electrical Conductivity of Proteins', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (4) (1993), 357-368. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9930940357.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Holland, Julian; Williams, N. H., 'The Grimwade Milligram Chemical Balance: an Early Australian Attempt to Establish a Scientific Instrument Industry', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (2) (1992), 107-117. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9920920107.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Phakey, P. P.; Rachinger, W. A., 'Historical Metallurgical Puzzle from the Last Years of the Melbourne Ruling Engines', Materials Forum, 13 (1989), 273-278. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Rae, Ian D., 'A Response to Intellectual Isolation: the Correspondence of W. A. Osborne and William Sutherland, 1905-1911', Historical Records of Australian Science, 10 (4) (1995), 323-335. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9951040323.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Street, R., 'The Establishing of the Department of Physics at Monash University', Australian Physicist, 23 (8) (1986), 205-208. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Williams, N. H., 'Weighing and Assay in the Early Days of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint', Historical Records of Australian Science, 14 (1) (2002), 47-66. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR02003.htm. Details
  • Bolton, H.C.; Coates, D.W., 'William Edwin James: Designer and Maker of Astronomical Optics', Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 13 (1996), 258-267. Details
  • Bolton, H.C.; Williams, Nicola H., 'Scientific Instrument Makers and Dealers in Victoria, 1840-1914', Historical Records of Australian Science, 12 (1) (1998), 15-82. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9981210015.htm. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.