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Biographical entry Duffield, Walter Geoffrey (1879 - 1929)

12 August 1879
Gawler, South Australia, Australia
1 August 1929
Mount Stromlo, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Walter Duffield was Professor of Physics, Reading University, England 1910-1923 and was appointed the inaugural Director of the Solar Physics Observatory, Mount Stromlo near Canberra, in 1924. He was born in Adelaide and had studied with W.H. Bragg.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1936 - 1956, MS 037; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Walter Geoffrey Duffield - Records, 1880 - 1987, MS 095; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Sutherland, Ralph and Butcher, Harvey, Mt Stromlo Observatory: From Bush Observatory to the Nobel Prize (Collingwood (Vic.): CSIRO, 2013), 330 pp. Details
  • McCarthy, Gavan; Sankey, Howard, The Papers of Walter Geoffrey Duffield (1879-1929) (Melbourne: Australian Science Archives Project, 1987), 29 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Edgeloe, V. A., 'Four Nineteenth Century Graduates', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, 14 (1986), 137-148. Details
  • Love, Rosaleen, 'Science and Government in Australia 1905-14: Geoffrey Duffield and the Foundation of the Commonwealth Solar Observatory', Historical Records of Australian Science, 6 (2) (1985), 171-189. Details


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See also

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'How Mount Stromlo Observatory shed its imperial beginnings', A&G: News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, 55 (6) (2014), 6.33-6.35. Details

McCarthy, G.J.