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Biographical entry Crompton, Robert Woodhouse (1926 - )


9 June 1926
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Robert Crompton was Head of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories at the Australian National University 1983-1991. His research is in the area of electron swarm physics. He was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for service to science.


Born Adelaide, 9 June 1926. Educated University of Adelaide (BSc (hons) 1949, PhD 1954). Lecturer in physics, University of Adelaide 1950-58, senior lecturer 1959-60; senior fellow, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University 1961-77, responsible for establishment and running of Electron and Ion Diffusion Unit 1961-65, Head of Electron and Ion Diffusion Unit 1966-87, professorial fellow 1977-89, Head, Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories 1981-91, professor 1989-91, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering 1992-. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1979. Chair, ACT Branch, Australian Institute of Physics 1973-74; chair, ACT Division, ANZAAS 1982-83; Chair, Australian Journals of Scientific Research Board 1982-87; President, Australian Institute of Physics 1993-95.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Robert Woodhouse Crompton - Records, MS 183; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Conference Papers

  • Crompton, R. W., 'The Foundations of the Physics of Atomic Collisions in Australia', in Seventeenth International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions (Brisbane: Adam Hilger, 1991), pp. 1-20.. Details

Journal Articles

  • Carver, J.H.; Crompton, R.W.; Ellyard, D.G.; Hibbard, L.U.; Inall, E.K., 'Marcus Laurence Elwin Oliphant 1901-2000', Historical Records of Australian Science, 14 (3) (2003), 337-364. Details
  • Crompton, R. W., 'Leonard George Holden Huxley 1902-198', Historical Records of Australian Science, 8 (4) (1991), 249-264. Details
  • Crompton, R. W., Dracoulis, G. D., Lewis, B. R., Mccracken, K. G. and Williams, J. S, 'John Henry Carver 1926-2004', Historical records of Australian science, 22 (2011), 53-79. Details


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