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Rankine, Alexander Oliverlocked

OBE 1919; FRS 1934; DSc (Lond.)

Born 1881; s of late Rev. John Rankine, Guildford; m 1907, Ruby Irene, d of Samuel Short, Reading; two s two d; died 20 Jan. 1956


Royal Grammar School, Guildford; University College, London. BSc. (Lond.) 1904; DSc. 1910; Fellow of University College, London, 1912


Assistant in Department of Physics, University College, London, 1904–19; Chief Research Assistant, Admiralty Experimental Station, Harwich, 1917–18; Professor of Physics, Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington, 1919–37, now Emeritus Prof.; Chief Physicist to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., Ltd, 1937–47; Recorder of Section A of British Assoc., 1921–24; Hon. Sec. of Physical Soc., 1923–29; Dir of Dept of Technical Optics, Imperial College, 1925–31; Hon. Secretary of Institute of Physics, 1926–31; President of the Optical Society, 1931–32; President, Section A, British Association, 1932; Pres. of the Physical Society, 1932–34; seconded for special work with Petroleum Warfare Department, 1942–45; Secretary of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1945–52


about sixty papers in various scientific journals, principally on the dimensions of gaseous molecules, the transmission of speech by light, and applied geophysics


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