Harry Messel

Harry Messel

Harry Messel (born 3 March 1922) is a retired Australian physicist and educator.

Messel was born in Canada of Ukrainian parents. [http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1913589.htm ABC, Catalyst: Professor Harry Messel] ] [http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P000637b.htm Bright Sparcs entry on Harry Messel] ] He was brought up in Levine Siding in Manitoba and attended Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. During the Second World War he served as a paratrooper with the Canadian Forces.

Messel moved to Australia in 1951. He lectured in mathematical physics at the University of Adelaide 1951-52, before being appointed in 1952 as Professor of Physics and Head of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, a position he only retired from in 1987. In 1952 he established the Nuclear Research Foundation, later known as the Science Foundation for Physics. [http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/messel/messel_professor.htm Messel Endowment: Professor Harry Messel] ] [http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/about/history.shtml University of Sydney: History of the School of Physics] ]

Messel was also Chancellor and CEO of Bond University 1992-1997. [http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/messel/messel_professor.htm Messel Endowment: Professor Harry Messel] ]


* Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
* Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (2006)


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