Famous Physicists from Australia

List of notable or famous physicists from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in Australia and even some popular physicists who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian physicists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physicist from Australia is included when available.

List is made up of people like William Lawrence Bragg and Paul Davies.

This historic physicists from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian physicists of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicists from Australia?" These prominent physicists of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian physicists.

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  • Christopher Stewart "Chris" Wallace (26 October 1933 – 7 August 2004) was an Australian computer scientist and physicist. Wallace is notable for having devised: The minimum message length principle (Wallace and Boulton, 1968, WB1968) — an information-theoretic principle in statistics, econometrics, machine learning, inductive inference and knowledge discovery which can be seen both as a mathematical formalisation of Occam's Razor and as an invariant Bayesian method of model selection and point estimation, The Wallace tree form of binary multiplier (1964), a variety of random number generators, a theory in physics and philosophy that entropy is not the arrow of time, a refrigeration system ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1933-2004)
  • David Blair

    David G. Blair (born 1946) is an Australian physicist and professor at the University of Western Australia and Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre (AIGRC). Blair works on methods for the detection of gravitational waves. He developed the niobium bar gravitational wave detector NIOBE, which achieved the lowest observed noise temperature participated in worldwide collaboration that set the best limit on the burst events in 2001. He has been responsible for numerous innovations including the 1984 invention of the first sapphire clock - a super precise timepiece designed for space as well as underpinning the research of the Frequency Stability Group at The ...more
    • Age: 77
  • David J. Smith
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    David Smith may refer to:
    • Age: 75
  • David Pegg

    Professor David Pegg (born 23 May 1941) is an emeritus professor in theoretical physics at Griffith University, Australia. In his career, he has made numerous contributions to NMR, quantum optics and conceptual physics including the nature of time. His h-index is at least 38. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a recipient of the Harrie Massey Medal for Australian physics and of the Centenary Medal for his contribution to quantum theory. He is best known for the Pegg-Barnett phase formalism that provides a quantum mechanical description of the phase of light , for the invention of the DEPT sequence for ...more
    • Age: 81
  • Dennis Geoffrey Jensen (born 28 February 1962 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former Australian politician. He was elected to the House of Representatives at the 2004 federal election, winning the Division of Tangney for the Liberal Party. Jensen lost Liberal preselection for the 2016 federal election, and subsequently resigned from the party to stand as an independent. In August 2017 he joined the fledgling Australian Conservatives party. Jensen has a PhD in materials science from Monash University, and before entering politics worked as a CSIRO researcher. He is known for questioning the anthropogenic causation of climate change.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Derek Abbott
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    Derek Abbott (born 3 May 1960, in South Kensington, London, UK) is a physicist and electronic engineer. In the 1969-1971 period, he was a boarder at Copthorne Preparatory School, Sussex, UK.During 1971-1978 he attended the Holland Park School London.In late 1977, he began work at GEC Hirst Research Centre, Wembley, UK, performing research in the area of CCD and microchip design for imaging systems. Whilst working, he graduated in 1982 with a BSc in Physics from Loughborough University. In 1986, he began work as a microchip designer at Austek Microsystems in Adelaide, Australia. In 1987, he joined the University of Adelaide completing his PhD thesis in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in ...more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: South Kensington, London, United Kingdom