Focken, Charles Melbourne (1901-1978)

Field of activity
Physicist; Museum Director; Museum director
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Charles Melbourne Focken (1901-1978), physicist and museum director, was born on 23 October 1901 at Kan Lung, Hong Kong, third of four sons of Charles Fredrick Focken, marine engineer, and his wife...

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Charles Focken was a physicist who, after 15 years at the University of Otago in New Zealand was appointed Director of the Museum (later Institute) of Applied Science in Melbourne. As Director he completed substantial building works, established a radio-carbon dating laboratory, and secured funding for a planetarium. To modernise the Museum Focken undertook a study tour of museum administration and display methods in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1953. He also appointed additional staff and increased the Museum's recurrent funding. Between 1962 and 1966 Focken was chief a of mission for a UNESCO program to establish the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in Valetta, Malta. His publications included a biography of his postgraduate mentor, (1937) and the textbook (1953).

  • Life event - Settled in Australia with his family
  • Award - Awarded Rhodes Scholarship
  • Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
  • Education - DPhil, University of Oxford
  • Career position - Beverley-Mackenzie Lecturer in Physics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Education - Bachelor of Mining Engineering (BME), University of Melbourne
  • Career position - New Zealand Commonwealth Fund Fellow, Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Reader in Physics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Career position - Director, Museum of Applied Science, Melbourne
  • Career position - Director, Institute of Applied Science, Melbourne
  • Career position - Established the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Valetta, Malta
  • Life event - Retired

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Focken, Charles Melbourne
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Radiocarbon dating at the Museum of Applied Science Victoria 1952-70: a pioneer venture
    Rae, Ian D.
    Published: 2018
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 29, 1, 14-27

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