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Biographical entry Laby, Jean (1915 - 2008)

4 November 1915
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
31 May 2008
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Jean Laby was a senior lecturer, RAAF Academy, Point Cook, c.1961-1982. She undertook research on cosmic rays and wind studies. For most of the 1970s she was involved in a collaborative project with the Climate Impact Assessment Program through the University of Wyoming to measure atmospheric aerosols, ozone and water vapour in the stratosphere. In 2009 Dr. Laby was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
c. 1940 - c. 1944
Career position - Demonstrator in Physics at the University of Melbourne, later assisted with departmental accounting
c. 1944 - 1959
Career position - Senior Demonstrator at the University of Melbourne
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1959 - c. 1961
Career position - Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
c. 1961 - c. 1982
Career position - Senior Lecturer at the RAAF Academy in Point Cook

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


Journal Articles

  • Allen, Nessy, 'The Exception to the Rule: the Career of an Australian Woman Physicist', Australian and New Zealand Physicist, 30 (12) (1993), 305-309. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Laby Family', Uni News, 11 (24) (2002), 4. Details


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See also

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: Department of History, University of Melbourne, 2003), 168 pp. Details

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