Collection UT68 - Alexander Leicester McAulay : miscellaneous personal papers

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Alexander Leicester McAulay : miscellaneous personal papers


  • 1919-1924 (Creation)

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1 file + 1 oversized folder

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(1895 - 1969)

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Professor A. L. McAulay (1895 - 1969), Professor of Physics 1927 - 1959 and formerly lecturer 1922 - 1926 and student assistant 1914 - 1916, was the son of Professor Alexander McAulay. He was educated at the Hutchins School, University of Tasmania (Bsc 1916), Cambridge University, (SA 1921, MA 1926), University of Manchester (PhD 1921) and the Cavendish Institute under Lord Rutherford. Under him the physics department grew into one of the most active in Australia. He undertook and directed research into a variety of topics, including particle physics, cosmic radiation and metal surface electrochemistry. His experiments were simple and aimed at the basic problems and his students learned to think carefully about the aims and underlying principles of their work. He was interested in biophysics. During the war he established an optics laboratory to supply prism and lenses for military equipment. for more information see :

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Donated by Mrs. A. L. McAulay

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Collection consists of McAulay's Phyics and Quantum Theory notes made while a student at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, certificates of degrees and photographs of Cavendish Laboratory research students 1920, 1921. Students named

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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