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SYDNEY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING-THE FIRST 50 YEARS- J P V MADSEN

(Prepared by R. W. Madsen 27th May 2017)

J P V Madsen on the Union steps at Sydney University This history of JPVM’s activities in Australian science & engineering covers the period 1900-1956 during which applications of electricity, X-ray analysis, standardised measurements for production, radio propagation, radar & radio astronomy, nuclear physics & digital computers made tremendous progress in part due to major advances in fundamental research & also the heightened activity due to two world wars. Central to these activities largely carried out at Sydney University, was the Electrical Engineering Department & the CSIRO National Standards Laboratory/ Radiophysics Laboratory (now The Madsen Building) in the University grounds.

Madsen’s roles encompassed the positions of Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Professor & Emeritus Professor from 1909 up to 1956 when he finally retired as Chairman of the Radio Research Board which he founded in 1927. Until 1946 Madsen was the first and only Professor of Electrical Engineering in any Australian University.

1900-1911

1912-1918

1920-1938

1939-1945

1946-1956

J P V Madsen Policies for emerging circumstances in Australian Engineering & Physics.(1900-1969.)

Brief Notes on JPVM and various Nobel Prize Winners.

AIR NAVIGATION

Still photographs of AIR NAVIGATION

Movie showing travelling platform simulating landing aircraft (reel 06 B&W)reel6.jpg download mp4 video

Movie showing travelling platform simulating landing aircraft (reel 07 Colour) reel7.jpg download mp4 video

ANZAAS FILM-CIRCUIT BREAKER ARCS

Film made by Assoc. Prof. A.D. Stokes in conjunction with the Sydney University Film Unit in the Energy Conversion Arc lab using schlieren photographic techniques to demonstrate the structure of electric arcs during forced interruption. Won prize for best scientific film. circuit-breaker-arcs-1978.jpgdownload mp4 video

BIOGRAPHIES:

Aitchison, R. E. Assoc. Prof. Elec. Eng. (Sydney), Prof. of Physics (Macquarie)

Christiansen, W. N. Professor Elec. Eng. 1960-1978

Cole, T.W. Professor Elec. Eng. 1980-2005

Hill, D. Professor Elec. Eng. 1994 -2002 and 2010-2013

King, R. W. Assoc. Prof. Elec. Eng. 1989-1996

Madsen, J. P. V. Lect. 1909, Assoc, Prof. 1912, Professor 1920-1949

Messerle, H. K. Professor Elec. Eng. 1966-1992

Myers, D. M. Professor Elec. Eng. 1949-1959

COMPUTER CONFERENCE 1951

Proceedings of Conference on Automatic Computing Machines (held in Department of Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Sydney August 1951), jointly sponsored by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in conjunction with Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney. Introduction by Emeritus Professor Sir John Madsen, Main speakers: Professor D.R. Hartree FRS, Cambridge University Profesor D.M. Myers – Differential Analysers Dr T. Pearcey – CSIRO Digital Computer (Csirac)

DEPARTMENTAL HISTORY

E.E. COMPUTING HISTORY

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT 1985-1995

FLEURS RADIOASTRONOMY

Folder of still photos of Fleurs Cross and big dishes installed at arm ends

MODEL POWER SYSTEM 1965 – 1983

Still photos of model power system and some components.

Three movies digitized from Beta tape recordings made by M. Hutchison and R.D. Lang in 1983

History of MPS prepared by Gosbell and Hutchison with reminiscences by former students, now in industry, who completed higher degrees using the MPS.

MUSEUM ITEMS LEVEL 6

(a) Three folders of photographs of equipment used in the Electrical Engineering Department from the 1920s to 1990s. This equipment is stored in Room 312 on Level 6 with the intention of providing an historical perspective of their profession by using a rotating display drawn from this material.

(b) A catalogue of the contents photographed in the museum store has been prepared in both .docx and .odt format. Note multiple different views have been taken of particular objects.

PLASMA ENGINEERING

(a) A folder on Energy Conversion and Plasma Engineering topics which are still to be addressed.

(b) A folder on the manufacture of the 25 tonne electromagnet made in the Department for use in the MHD experiment at White Bay Power Station. This folder contains 5 rolls of digitized super 8 film taken by B. Campbell of the winding of one saddle coil for the magnet. The departmental workshop built the winder and ancillary equipment as well as doing the actual winding. The folder also has a description of what is happening during each reel [in .odt format]. Note : the films can be viewed using Quicktime Player.

RADIO RESEARCH BOARD and RADAR DEVELOPMENT in WW 2

(a)Folder containing the Departmental Research Reports listed in the YEARBOOKS of the University of Sydney Engineering Undergraduates Association from 1936 – 1960. These Reports give a summary of RRB research as well as other Departmental research.

(b) Folder containing Chapter 19 of Vol. 5 of the Australian War Memorial Official History of WW 2 dealing with RADAR in the Australian context.

© A brief note on the research being done by the RRB using pulse techniques to probe the ionosphere and the relevance for RADAR work.

 
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