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Biographical entry White, Guy Kendall (1925 - 2018)


31 May 1925
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 May 2018


Guy White was a pioneering experimentalist in low-temperature and solid-state physics, and cryogenics. Much of his career was spent at the CSIRO Divisions of Physics and Applied Physics, particularly the National Measurement Laboratory. Starting as Research Officer in 1950, he retired as Chief Research Scientist in 1990. His publications included Experimental techniques in low-temperature physics (1960) which ran to four editions and was regarded as a seminal text, and Heat capacity and thermal expansion at low temperature (1999) with T. H. K. Barron. White was Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1979 to 1980.



Education - BSc (hons) University of Sydney
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1947 - 1950
Award - CSIRO Overseas Studentship, University of Oxford
Education - DPhil, University of Oxford
1950 - 1953
Career position - Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Physics
1953 - 1954
Career position - Postdoctoral Research Officer, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
1955 - 1958
Career position - Associate Research Officer, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
1958 - 1962
Career position - Principal Research Officer, CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory
1962 - 1969
Career position - Senior Principal Research Officer, CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory
1964 - 1965
Career position - Visiting Member, Technical staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1969 - 1990
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory
1970 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1974 - 1979
Career position - Chairman, National Committee for CODATA and Scientific Information
1979 - 1980
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1980 - ?
Career position - Advisory Editor, International Journal of Thermophysics
Award - Armco Iron Award, International Thermal Conductivity Conference
1990 - 2008
Career position - Honorary Fellow, CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Wollongong
Award - Touloukian Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to low temperature physics, particularly as a former Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO, and through scientific publications and teaching
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Guy Kendall White - Records, 1959 - 1993, MS 200; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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