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Biographical entry Witt, Sidney Herbert (1892 - 1973)

12 March 1892
Windsor, Victoria, Australia
28 June 1973
Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia
Electrical engineer and Radio engineer


Sidney Witt joined the Postmaster-General's Department in 1910 as a junior instrument fitter. Early in his career he was recognised as an expert in telecommunications, both in Australia and overseas. He was selected to establish the Australian Post Office's Research Laboratories in 1923 and remained its "head" until 1945, overseeing its development into a mature and well respected research body. From 1945, as Australia's representative on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), he helped formulate an international plan of radio frequency allocations for radio communications, and the establishment of the International Frequency Registration Board (IFRB) in 1947. Nominated by the Australian government, he was elected as a board member of IFRB in Geneva in 1948, where he remained until his retirement in 1957.


Born Windsor, Victoria, 12 March 1892. Junior Instrument Fitter, Postmaster-General's Department 1910-12, Professional Engineer 1913-19, Divisional Engineer, Headquarters Administration 1919-24, Supervising Engineer in charge of Research 1923-45. Sometime Chairman, Victorian Division, Institute of Radio Engineers, Australia.


Career event - Graduate Member (Grad.IEE), Institution of Electrical Engineers, London
Career event - Foundation Associate Member (AMIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
Career event - Associate Member (AssocMIEE), Institution of Electrical Engineers, London
Award - Fellow, Institution of Radio Engineers, Australia
1945 - 1946
Career position - Chairman, Melbourne Division, Institution of Engineers, Australia.

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