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Biographical entry Drake, Lawrence Arthur (1931 - 2007)

29 October 1931
Lorne, Victoria, Australia
29 April 2007
Astronomer, Geophysicist, Priest and Seismologist


Lawrence Drake was a seismologist and astronomer who also practised as a Jesuit priest for 43 years. From the 1970s through to the early 1990s, Drake held the position of director at St Ignatius College's Riverview Observatory, as well as lecturing in geophysics at Macquarie University. In 1992 he was made director of the San Calixto Observatory in Bolivia. He held this position until 2002 when he returned to Australia due to illness.

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Journal Articles

  • Branagan, David, 'Lawrence Drake', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 141 (2008), 54. Details
  • Vozoff, Keeva, Tayton, Jim and Bowen, Ted, 'Obituary: Lawrence A. Drake (29 October - 28 April 2007)', Preview, 129 (2007), 8. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Head, M., 'At ease with heaven's mysteries', The Age (2007). Details


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