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Biographical entry McWilliam, Ian Gordon (1933 - )

4 November 1933
Griffith, New South Wales, Australia


Ian Gordon McWilliam developed a flame ionisation detector in 1957; this was a new gas chromatography tool capable of measuring components of organic chemicals present in one part in 10 million.


Born Griffith, New South Wales, 4 November 1933. AO 1984. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc (Hons) 1952), and Monash University (DSc 1974); Head, Physical Methods Section (later Instrument Development Section), ICI Central Research Laboratories 1956-68; Shell Research Fellow, Monash University 1968-70; Principal Lecturer, then Associate Professor in chemistry, Swinburne University of Technology. Grimwade Prize 1962; Rennie Memorial Medal 1961; K.L. Sutherland Memorial Medal 1992. Chairman, Australian Scientific Industry Association, Victoria 1983-86.

Published resources

Conference Papers

  • McWilliam, I.G., 'The Flame Ionization Detector - an Australian Invention', in Detectors and Chromatography Proceedings of an International Conference held at the University of Melbourne from May 30 to June 3 1983, to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the invention of the Flame Ionization Detector by I.G. McWilliam edited by Nicholson, A.J.C. (Melbourne: Australian Scientific Industry Association, 1983), pp. 5-20.. Details


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
  • Gold, Ergad; Greener, Rosalie (Ed) ed., Inventive Vics Exhibition (Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scientific Industry Association, 1985), 58 pp. Flame Ionization Detector. Details

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