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Biographical entry Cockayne, David (1942 - 2010)

19 March 1942
London, England
22 December 2010
Oxford, England


David Cockayne, an internationally recognised electron microscopy expert, is known for his discovery of the "weak beam technique" of electron imaging in the mid 1970s. This technique improved the resolution quality of electron microscope imagery tenfold, and drastically expanded the utility of the imaging technology. He was Director of the Electron Microscopy unit at Sydney University from 1974 to 1999 and during this time helped grow the facility and oversaw its eventual development into the Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalyis, with the support of the ARC Key Centre scheme.



Life event - Emigrated to Australia with family at the age of 8
1966 - 1974
Education - Doctor of Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford University, England
1974 - 1999
Career position - Director of the electron microscopy unit at Sydney University
1984 - 1996
Career position - General Secretary of the Committee of Asia Pacific Societies of Electron Microscopy
1995 - 2003
Career position - General Secretary of the International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy
Award - Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
2000 - 2009
Career position - Chair of Division of Material Science, Oxford University, England
2003 - c. 2009
Career position - President of the International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Hirsch, Peter, 'David John Hugh Cockayne, 19 March 1942-22 December 2010', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows: Royal Society of London, 61 (2015), 53-71. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Cox, G., 'Looked at life through nature's keenest eyes', The Age (2010). Details


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