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Biographical entry Seyler, Albert Jakob (1913 - 1977)

24 July 1913
Dudweiler, Saarland, Germany
26 April 1977
Emerald, Victoria, Australia
Telecommunications and Wireless expert


Albert Seyler was a telecommunications scientist who came to Australia in 1948 under the Australian Government's program to employ enemy aliens with scientific and technical backgrounds. During WWII he had worked on air navigation aids, especially wireless and radar. On arriving in Melbourne he joined he Post Master General's Department where he was a member of the team working on the introduction of television to Australia. He gained considerable renown from his work on waveform testing, video transmission circuits and relay links. During the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne he was responsible for the transmission of television images to Sydney. His work helped ensure that the P.M.G. Research Laboratories were seen as a major contributor to television signal research. In 1964 Seyler became Assistant Director General of the Research Laboratories. He was active in professional organisations, serving as President of the Institute of Radio and Electronic Engineers Australia. Seyler was sought after as a consultant on human communications systems and teleconferencing.



Education - Diploma in electrical engineering, Technische Hochschule, Munich, Germany
Life event - Migrated to Australia
Career event - Joined the research laboratories of the Postmaster-General's Department
Life event - Naturalised as an Australian citizen
Education - MElecEng., University of Melbourne
Award - Norman W. V. Hayes Memorial Medal, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia
Award - Norman W. V. Hayes Memorial Medal, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia
1964 - 1977
Career position - Assistant Director General, Research Laboratories, Post Master General's Department
Education - DAppSc, University of Melbourne
1967 - 1977
Award - Fellow, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia
Career position - President, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences

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  • Homeyer, U. von, 'The recruitment, deployment and experiences of German scientists in the post World War Two period: an historical evaluation', MA thesis, Flinders University, 1955, 261 pp. Details

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