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Biographical entry Le Couteur, Kenneth James (1920 - 2011)


16 September 1920
St Hellier, Jersey
18 April 2011
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Theoretical physicist


Kenneth Le Couteur was Professor of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra from 1956.


Kenneth Le Couteur was internationally recognised for his significant contributions to the statistical model of excited nuclei and the peeler-regenerative beam extraction method for proton synchrocyclotron accelerators. After working at Bletchley Park from 1941 to 1945, he retuned to the University of Cambridge to undertake his PhD studies. It was at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool that he started the research for which he became renowned. Le Couteur was appointed as foundation Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Research School of Physical Sciences at A.N.U. in 1956, a position he held until retirement in 1985. Under his guidance the Department earned an international reputation for its research. He was instrumental in introducing the use of computing within A.N.U. Le Couteur served as Acting Director of the Research School of Physics September 1973 - September 1974 and February-December 1978. He was a foundation member of the Australian Mathematical Society.


Education - BA, University of Cambridge
1947 - 1949
Career position - Turner and Newall Fellow, University of Manchester
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1949 - 1956
Career position - Senior Lecturer (later Reader), University of Liverpool
1956 - 1985
Career position - Professor of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Advanced Studies, ANU
1960 - 2011
Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1985 - 1989
Career position - Emeritus Professor, ANU

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  • Robson, B. A., 'Kenneth James Le Couteur 1920-2011', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), 176-87. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn