The Australian Group Radiation Laboratory led by Doctor Samuel Seely, was part of the Radiophysics Laboratory, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation CSIR based in Sydney, New South Wales. Dr. Samuel Seely did his PhD in Physics with Columbia in the US in 1936. He was head of the Australian Group Radiation Laboratory from August 1944 to May/April 1945.

Dr. Seeley's brought seven scientific persons with him to Australia, mostly from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory, but a few were from outside companies. They took an airborne 3-centimeter radar set with them and a variety of radar since the purpose of their visit was not totally clear to them at the time.

Doctor Karl Compton, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visited Australia to:-

In return the Radiophysics Laboratory undertook work on the development of special equipment for the American forces. The Office of Scientific Research and Development maintained a most generous attitude to releasing secret information to Australian Group Radiation Laboratory and helped at times by forwarding written information and providing models of the latest types of equipment.

The Acting Chairman of the National Research Council of Canada, Dean McKenzie, offered Australian liaison officers and visiting scientists full facilities for obtaining information about Canada's research and development program especially from the Research Enterprises Ltd., a Canadian government organisation which looked after the manufacture of radar and other wartime equipment. Doctor W.R. McKinley, a Canadian expert on Radar, visited the Radiophysics Laboratory.

General Douglas MacArthur's top secret Section 22 benefited from the radar research carried out by the Australian Group Radiation Laboratory.



Australia in the War of 1939-1945
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Volume V - The Role of Science and Industry

Oral History Samuel Seely

Radar Research in Australia during WWII


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