Born 1930 in Armidale NSW, Australia; married Eunice (Sciffer), 1953; 2 daughters (Robin and Anne) and 1 son (John) now 4 grandchildren. Educated Armidale Demonstration School, Armidale High School, New England University College (then part of Sydney University), and Harvard University (Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship 1952). B.Sc. (Sydney 1952, Maths hons 1, Physics hons 1 and University Medal), M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard 1955), D.Sc. (Sydney 1973)
Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (FAA), 1976; Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), 1987; Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Science, 1990; Fellow Australian Institute of Physics (President 1981-83); Fellow Institute of Physics, London; Fellow Australian Acoustical Society; Fellow, Acoustical Society of America. Several medals, Visiting positions (Bristol University, Hokkaido University, Cambridge University) and other awards.
Research Engineer (part time), Clevite Transistor Products, Boston 1953-55; Research scientist CSIRO Radiophysics 1956-60; Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of New England 1960-63; Professor of Physics, University of New England (1963-83) with terms as Dean of Science and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Emeritus Professor 1983- . Director, CSIRO Institute of Physical Sciences 1983-88. Chief Rresearch Scientist CSIRO 1988-95. Visiting Fellow, Australian National University 1988- . Visiting Professor, University of NSW 1996- . At times Chair of the Anatarctic Science Advisory Committee and member of the International Commission on Acoustics and of the Australian Meteorology Policy Committee, also various committees for the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Research Council, and the National Library of Australia.
Other interests include music, as player of flute or bassoon in several orchestras, and also as an organist, for many years. Aircraft pilot with unrestricted private licence 1972 until heart attack in 1977.
Publications: 5 books on scientific subjects and 1 book of short stories; and over 200 scientific papers.
For further biographical details and publications see the web sites
In chronological order, but continued interest and activity in all of them:
1. Physics of semiconductor materials and devices
2. Cloud physics
3. Nucleation theory and crystal growth.
4. Physics of ice and related materials
5. Acoustics of musical instruments
6. Biological acoustics