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Biographical entry Crompton, James Woodhouse (1924 - )

29 February 1924
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


James Woodhouse Crompton was group leader responsible for the development of the Ikara shipboard command transmitter, tracking receiver and tracking antenna developed at Weapons Research Establishment in the 1960s.


Born Adelaide, 29 February 1924. Educated University of Adelaide and Imperial College London. ME. AIF 1945; Scientific Officer, Weapons Research Establishment (WRE), Salisbury, South Australia 1951-59; Physical Sciences Representative, Department of Supply London 1959-60; Principal Officer, various Groups, WRE 1960-63 and 1965-69; Head, School of Applied Physics, South Australian Institute of Technology 1963-65; Superintendent, Systems Analysis Division, WRE 1970-77; Director, Weapons Systems Research Laboratory, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, South Australia 1977-84. Chairman, South Australian Division, Institution of Engineers Australia 1974.

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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

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