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Biographical entry Briggs, George Henry (1893 - 1987)

23 March 1893
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
24 July 1987


George Briggs was Head of the Physics Section, CSIR National Standards Laboratories, Sydney 1939-1945 and then Chief of the Division of Physics, CSIR/O 1945-1958. His chief research interests were radioactivity, the precise measurement of certain physical constants and the construction of highly stable standards of electrical resistance. Briggs was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Institute of Physics and was made an Honorary Fellow on its formation.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1918 - 1927
Career position - Demonstrator and lecturer in physics, University of Sydney
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1928 - 1939
Career position - Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Sydney
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1939 - 1945
Career position - Officer-in-charge, Physics Section, National Standards Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian National Research Council
1945 - 1958
Career position - Chief, Division of Physics, CSIR(O)
1946 - 1947
Career position - Scientific Advisor to the Australian representative, Atomic Energy Commission, United Nations, New York
1950 - 1952
Career position - President, Australian branch, Institute of Physics
Career event - Proposed the formation of an independent Australian Institute of Physics and made an honorary fellow on its formation

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • George Henry Briggs - Records, 1868 - 1983, MS 8255; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • George Henry Briggs - Records, 1924 - 1983, DeB 1120; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


Journal Articles

  • 'Honorary Fellow: G.H. Briggs', Australian Physicist, 1 (6) (1964), 87. Details
  • Briggs, G. H.; Burgmann, V. D., 'Obituary: John Edward Thompson', Australian Journal of Science, 18 (1) (1955), 22. Details


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McCarthy, G.J.