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9 December 1878
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
6 July 1945
Southport, Queensland, Australia


Joseph Baldwin was the Chief Assistant at the Melbourne Observatory from 1908, Acting Director from 1915 and Government Astronomer of Victoria 1920-1943.


Born 9 September 1878. Died 6 July 1945. Educated University of Melbourne (BA 1900, BSc 1901, MA 1902, DSc 1913). Tutor, Trinity College, teacher, Wesley College, lecturer, Ballarat School of Mines, research for Thomas Lyle, University of Melbourne 1904-05, 1851 Exhibition scholarship 1906-08, research assistant, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope and Potsdam Observatory, Germany, chief assistant, Melbourne Observatory 1908-15, acting director 1915-20, government astronomer 1920-43. Syme Prize 1914. Officer in charge of time service, Commonwealth Solar Observatory, Mount Stromlo 1943-44, leader, solar eclipse expedition, Goondiwindi, Queensland 1922. President, Royal Society of Victoria 1925-26; President, Section A, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1930-31.

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  • 'Obituary: Joseph Mason Baldwin', Australian Journal of Science, 8 (2-3) (1945), 72-73. Details
  • Simon, P., 'Joseph Mason Baldwin', Journal of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, 36 (3) (1983), 36-38. Details


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