PHYSICS IN AUSTRALIA TO 1945
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WHITE, Frederick William George
Born Wellington, New Zealand, 26 May 1905. Education, Victoria University College, Wellington, New Zealand (B.Sc. 1928, M.Sc. 1929) and Cambridge University (Ph.D. 1934). Assistant lecturer in physics, King's College London, 1931-36. Professor of physics, Canterbury University College, New Zealand, 1937-41. C.S.I.R. Radiophysics Laboratory, 1941-45; Chief, Division Radiophysics, 1942-45. C.S.I.R./O. Executive, 1945-59; Chief Executive Officer, 1949-56; Deputy Chairman, 1957-59. Chairman, C.S.I.R.O., 1959-70. President of the Australian Branch Institute of Physics 1956-57. F.A.A. 1960, F.R.S. 1966. K.B.E. 1962.
- (With J.W. Harding) On the modes of vibration of a quartz crystal. Philosophical Magazine, S.7, 8 (1929), 169-179.
- (With J.A. Ratcliffe) Negative attenuation of wireless waves. Nature, 125 (1930), 926-927.
- (With J.A. Ratcliffe) The electrical properties of the soil at radio frequencies. Philosophical Magazine, S.7, 10 (1930), 667-680.
- A theoretical discussion of the electrical properties of the soil. Cambridge Philosophical Society. Proceedings., 27 (1931), 268-276.
- (With J.A. Ratcliffe) Polarisation of downcoming wireless waves. Nature, 129 (1932), 364.
- The propagation of radio frequency currents along a wire of finite length. Cambridge Philosophical Society. Proceedings., 28 (1932), 356-366.
- (With J.A. Ratcliffe) The state of polarization of downcoming wireless waves of medium length. Philosophical Magazine, S.7, 16 (1933), 423-440.
- The diurnal variation of the intensity of wireless waves reflected from the ionosphere. Physical Society, London. Proceedings., 46 (1934), 91-106.
- On the automatic registration of the amplitude of downcoming wireless waves. Part I. Physical Society, London. Proceedings., 46 (1934), 805-817.
- (With L.W. Brown) Some measurements of the reflexion coefficient of the ionosphere for wireless waves. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, A, 153 (1936), 639-660.
- (With L.W. Brown) Annual variation of the absorption of wireless waves in the ionosphere. Nature, 140 (1937), 931.
- (With H.F. Skey and M. Geddes) Radio fadeouts, auroras and magnetic storms. Nature, 142 (1938), 289.
- (With C.J. Banwell) Preliminary measurements of F**2 region ionization. Proceedings of the 5th U.R.S.I. General Assembly, 1938, 75-84.
- Early observations of aurora australis. New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology, 20 (1938-39), 267b-271b.
- The dispersion of wireless echoes from the ionosphere. Physical Society, London. Proceedings., 51 (1939), 859-864.
- (With T.W. Straker) The diurnal variation of absorption of wireless waves. Physical Society, London. Proceedings., 51 (1939), 865-875.
- The estimation of wireless transmission data from ionospheric observations. New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology, 21 (1939), 113b-127b.
- (With M. Geddes) The Antarctic zone of maximum auroral frequency. Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity, 44 (1939), 367-377.
- (With C.J. Banwell and G.A. Peddie) Measurements of F**2 region ionization over New Zealand. Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity, 45 (1940), 37-43.
- Electromagnetic Waves. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1934. viii + 108pp. (2nd edition 1942).
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