Series 36 - Papers of Noel Dunbar

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Papers of Noel Dunbar


  • 1944 - 2006 (Creation)

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0.8 m (4 type 1 boxes)

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(1922 - 2011)

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Noel Dunbar was born on 25 December 1922 in New Zealand. He was appointed to Lecturer in Physics, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Melbourne 1947-1958. In 1959 he joined the Canberra University College as Chair of Physics in the Faculty of Science and in 1960 moved to the Department of Physics, School of General Studies, when CUC merged with the Australian National University. Dunbar was Dean of the Faculty of Science 1963-1967; Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1968-1977; Chair of the Australian Editorial Advisory Committee to the Encyclopaedia Britannica; and Chairman of the University Councils of the Tertiary Education Commission 1977-1986. He was a Visiting Fellow in the Physics Department at ANU from 1991 to 2003 and died on 9 May 2011.

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The papers include notes and theses on Physics and correspondence with other physicists, travel diaries, appointment diaries as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University, correspondence relating to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, correspondence and other papers as Chairman of the Universities Council of the Tertiary Education Commission, invitations, cassette tapes of his ANU farewell function, a radio interview and an address by Lord Rutherford, and photographs of ANU buildings, functions and staff.


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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 9 October 2007; amended 19 July 2013




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