A History of Physics at Flinders University: From 1964 to the early 2000s

Preface by Max Brennan: The Physics discipline at Flinders University was born on the first of February 1964 when I took up my appointment as the last of six Foundation Professors at what was then the second campus of the University of Adelaide – at Bedford Park, a Southern suburb of Adelaide. The Act separating the campus from the University of Adelaide into The Flinders University of South Australia was proclaimed on 17 March 1966 with effect on 1 July. The history of the new university is well covered in “Flinders University - the first 25 Years” by David Hilliard. Writing a history of the Physics discipline is a task that I should have completed many years ago. What follows here is a compilation of documents: 1. Recollections of five early staff members - Max Brennan, Iraj Afnan, Harry Blevin, Peter Teubner and Erich Weigold - and of Tony Thomas who was an undergraduate and a postgraduate student; 2. Plasma Physics at Flinders University by Barry Green – an extract of a draft of the History of Plasma Physics in Australia being written by Barry Green and Bob Dewar; and 3. “Physics in Adelaide – the 1960s” by Alastair Blake, 6 May 2013: pp 56 – 65 and 70 provide a comprehensive coverage of research and teaching at Flinders extending well beyond the 1960s.
© Max Brennan 2023
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Brennan, M., Brennan, M., Afnan, I. R., Blevin, H., Teubner, P., Buckman, S., Weigold, E., Thomas, T., Green, B., & Blake, A. (2023). A History of Physics at Flinders University: From 1964 to the early 2000s. Flinders University.