Victor Albert Bailey

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Victor Bailey
Born (1895-12-18)18 December 1895
Alexandria, Egypt
Died 7 December 1964(1964-12-07) (aged 68)
Geneva, Switzerland
Residence Australia
Nationality British–Australian
Alma mater Oxford University
Known for Ionospheric physics
Nicholson–Bailey model
Awards Walter Burfitt Prize (1955)
Scientific career
Fields Physicist
Institutions Oxford University
University of Sydney
Doctoral advisor John Sealy Edward Townsend
Notable students Ronald Ernest Aitchison
Influenced Alexander John Nicholson

Victor Albert Bailey (18 December 1895 – 7 December 1964) was a British-Australian physicist. The eldest of four surviving children of William Henry Bailey, a British Army engineer, and his wife Suzana (née Lazarus), an expatriate Romanian linguist, Bailey is notable for his work in ionospheric physics and population dynamics.


Bailey read physics at The Queen's College, University of Oxford, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1919. Thereafter, he read for a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) at Queen's College, under the supervision of John Sealy Edward Townsend, the Wykeham Professor of Physics and Fellow of New College, Oxford. His D.Phil. thesis was entitled "The Diffusion of Ions in Gases", and he graduated in 1923.

Bailey was employed as a demonstrator in the Electrical Laboratory at Oxford and occasional lecturer, at Queen's College, Oxford.

In 1924, he was appointed as Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney. Bailey was subsequently promoted to Professor of Experimental Physics (1936–52) and Research Professor (1953–60).



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  2. ^ "Recipients". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  • 'Bailey, Victor Albert - Ms 32', in Listing of Adolph Basser Library holdings, Australian Academy of Science, 1994, [1]
  • 'Bailey, Victor Albert', in Physics in Australia to 1945, R.W. Home, with the assistance of Paula J. Needham, Australian Science Archives Project, June 1995, [2]
  • J. L. Hopper, "Opportunities and Handicaps of Antipodean Scientists: A. J. Nicholson and V. A. Bailey on the Balance of Animal Populations," Historical Records of Australian Science 7(2), pp. 179 – 188, 1987. [3] [4]

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