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Laby, Thomas Howell (1880 - 1946)

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Chemist and Physicist
Born: 3 May 1880  Creswick, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 21 June 1946.
Thomas Howell Laby, Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne 1914-42, was formerly Professor of Physics at Victoria University College, Wellington, New Zealand 1909-14. He shared in the design of one the first anti-gas respirators. Laby was also Chairman of the first Optical Muntions Panel during the 1940s.

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Born 3 May 1880. Died 21 June 1946. Educated University of Sydney and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA 1907, ScD 1921). Demonstrator of chemistry, University of Sydney 1901-05, 1851 Exhibition Scholar 1905-08, Professor of Physics, Victoria University College, New Zealand 1909-15, Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne 1915-44. Commonwealth Adviser on Radium 1929-37, Consulting physicist, Imperial Geophysical Experimental Survey 1929-31, Chairman, Optical Munitions Panel 1940-44, Member, Army Inventions Directorate 1943, President, Section A, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1911, 1928, first President, Australian branch, Institute of Physics 1939-41. President of the Royal Society of Victoria 1924. A physics lecture theatre at the University of Melbourne was named after him.
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