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Author Clews, Charles John Birkett, 1912-2002, interviewee.
Title Interview with Charles John Birkett Clews in November 1981 / interviewed by Christine Shervington.
Published/Produced 1981.

 Online  OH4105    AVAILABLE  


Call Number OH4105
Physical description 1 online resource (4 audio files (1 hr., 52 min., 26 sec.)) : digital, WAV
Series University of Western Australia Archives oral history project
University of Western Australia Archives oral history project
Notes Title devised by cataloguer.
This sound recording has been preserved and made available by the University of Western Australia.
Access advisory Access open.
Date/time and place of an event Interview conducted at Prof. Clews' residence in Folkestone, Kent on 4 November 1981.
Additional formats Audio cassette tape also available at the University of Western Australia Archives.
Rights advisory Copyright or other restrictions may apply. For public use, contact the State Library of Western Australia.
Original version Original version: 2 audio cassettes University of Western Australia Archives OH23.
Biography/history Born in London on 10 June 1912 and died in October 2002, Professor Clews studied and taught physics extensively in both the UK and Europe and supported British war effort as scientific adviser with direct links to the War Cabinet Office in the 1940s. In 1952, he accepted the position of Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Physics at UWA and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science in 1954. He was also a member of the University governing body, the Senate and Chair of UWA Professorial Board from 1956-57. He was consultant to the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the early 60's and a member of the State committee of the CSIRO. - taken from a tribute by Professor Alan Robson in UWA news, 4 November 2002.
Summary Professor Clews talks about his academic life at University of Western Australia from 1952-1972, he was made the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1962. He was credited with the planning of the current Physics building together with the laboratory manager, Mr D. W. Everson, because he realised there was very little postgraduate research in the Department and inadequate equipment and facilities. He redirected Dr Williams' research on X-ray spectrostrophy to focus on metals and soft x-rays and aided in the building of spectrometer in the department andother research on mass spectrostrophy and electron defraction.
Subjects Clews, Charles John Birkett, -- Interviews.
University of Western Australia. Office of the Vice-Chancellor -- Interviews.
College teachers -- Western Australia -- Interviews.
Physics -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Western Australia.
Related names Shervington, Christine, interviewer.