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Biographical entry Vonwiller, Oscar Ulrich (1882 - 1972)

18 February 1882
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
30 July 1972
Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia


Oscar Vonwiller spent his whole academic life at the University of Sydney, including 24 years as Professor from 1923-1946. He is commemorated by a portrait painted by Erwin Reiner. Vonwiller was a member of the Optical Munitions Panel during World War II. He was a president of many bodies including the Royal Society of New South Wales and a foundation president of the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales



Career position - Demonstrator in Physics at the University of Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1903 - 1913
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in Physics at the University of Sydney
1913 - 1923
Career position - Assistant Professor then Associate Professor (from 1921) of Physics at the University of Sydney
1923 - 1946
Career position - Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1934 - 1938
Career position - Supervisor of Research at the Cancer Research Commission, University of Sydney
Career position - President of Section A of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Oscar Ulrich Vonwiller - Records, 1963; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries: Oscar Ulrich Vonwiller: Clive Melville Harris: Charles Bickerton Blackburn: Lawrence Bragg', Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 106 (3/4) (1973), 130-132. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.