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Biographical entry Brennan, Maxwell Howard (1932 - )


26 September 1932
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Maxwell Brennan has been professor of physics (plasma physics) at the University of Sydney since 1981, with a 5 year term as Chairperson of the Australian Research Council 1991-1995. His research is in the areas of cosmic ray air showers, nuclear physics and plasma physics.


Born Sydney, 26 September 1932. AO 1985. Educated University of Sydney (BSc (hons) 1954, PhD 1958). Research Associate, Princeton University 1958-1961, lecturer, University of Sydney 1961-62, senior lecturer 1963-64, foundation professor of physics, Flinders University 1964-80, Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1978-80, Professor of Physics (Plasma Physics), University of Sydney 1981-date, Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1986-89, Head, School of Physics 1988-90, Chairperson, Australian Research Council 1991-95. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1988. President, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering 1971-72, Chairman, Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships and Australian Research Grants Committee 1980-82, Chairman, Australian Atomic Energy Commission 1983-87, Chairman, International Fusion Research Council 1986-93.

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