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Dr Basil H. Briggs 

1923-1994

After war-time experience in radar, Basil Briggs studied under J. A. Ratcliffe at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in ionospheric research in 1952.  In 1962 he was appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, joining a group that was well known for upper atmosphere studies using radar to analyse meteor trails.  Soon after his arrival in Adelaide, Basil Briggs and Graham Elford began planning for what was to become  the world's largest low frequency radio telescope, designed for studies of the ionosphere.  The Buckland Park array, a 1km square array of 2MHz dipoles, was a huge leap forward in atmospheric research from the University's field station 40km north of Adelaide.  Basil Briggs was one of the most talented physicists in the history of the Adelaide Physics department.  Ratcliffe was heard to say, on a visit to Adelaide in the 1960's, "Basil Briggs is - I think - the soundest physicist I know".  Basil Briggs expressed that talent as a thoughtful and generous lecturer, and as a mentor and research colleague to many postgraduate students in the department. 

A summary of his career, written by his colleagues Graham Elford and Bob Vincent, is available here.  It was published in the  Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, Vol.56, No.12, pp.1533-1534, 1994.

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