The Winter Public Lectures honouring A
& L McAulay
Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics,
in collaboration with the School
of Mathematics and Physics
of the University
of Tasmania is
honoured to host a series of special Winter Lectures designed to interest
members of the public and senior high school students.
Series is presented in honour of two renowned
Physics professors, Alexander and Leicester McAulay, who were inspiring teachers
and did significant research at the University of Tasmania during its early years.
McAulay was appointed to the University in 1893 at a time when resources were
very tight. Nevertheless, he
undertook a formidable research and teaching program, publishing two
internationally acclaimed books on Octonions and becoming an authority on most
branches of physics. He was Professor of Mathematics and Physics from 1896 to
June 1924, and a Research Professor in Mathematics between July 1924 and 1929.
In 1930 Alexander McAulay became an Emeritus Professor. He has been instrumental
in starting Engineering at the University.
Leicester McAulay, his son, studied at Manchester and Cambridge in the UK,
before taking over as Professor of Physics in Tasmania in 1929, remaining in
that position till December 1959. Leicester McAulay was a man of great energy
and diverse enthusiasms who sought applications of physics to environmental
studies and biophysics, as well as stimulating research into optics and cosmic
rays. These are two of the four branches of astronomy for which Tasmania has
become well known.
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