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Schaefer, Gustav Griffin (1913 - 2004)

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Born: 12 December 1913  Nambour, Queensland, Australia.  Died: 15 September 2004  Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.
Gustav Griffin Schaefer (Gus) founded the first Defence Operational Research Group at the Department of Supply in 1951. During World War II he worked for the Optical Munitions Panel. His area of interest at that time was optical design, using ray tracing analysis.

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After completing his science degree at Queensland University, Gus Schaefer took up secondary teaching and taught science in Queensland for many years. In 1940 he moved to Melbourne and the next year began his career in scientific research. Schaefer’s first job was with the Munitions Supply Laboratories working on optical design and ray tracing analysis. In 1951 he moved to the Defence Operations Research Group, then to the Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL) in 1953. Gus Schaefer remained with ARL until 1977 making many major contributions to the aeronautical industry. His research included studying the aerodynamics of aircraft wings for Boeing 747 and other models.

c. 1920Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at Queensland University
c. 1920 - c. 1940Seconday Science Teacher at various Queensland schools including Mt Isa High School
1940Moved to Melbourne
1941 - 1951Design and analysis at the Munitions Supply Laboratories (MSL) in Melbourne
1951 - 1953Defence Operational Research Group with the Department of Supply in Melbourne
1953 - 1977Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL)
1989Moved to Port Macquarie

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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