Walter Boas

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Walter Boas
Born10 February 1904
Died12 May 1982
Prahran (Melbourne)
Residence Australia
Nationality Australia
Alma materBerlin Institute of Technology
AwardsFellow of the Australian Academy of Science
Scientific career
FieldsMetallurgy; Physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Melbourne

Walter Moritz Boas FAA (10 February 1904 – 12 May 1982) was a German-Australian metallurgist.[1][2]

Boas was born in Berlin, Germany and was educated at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Dip. Engin. 1928, Dr.-Ing. 1930). After several positions at German and Swiss institutions, Boas became a lecturer in metallurgy at University of Melbourne in 1938; then from 1940 to 1947, senior lecturer. From 1947 to 1949, Boas was principal research officer, CSIR Division of Tribophysics; and from 1949 to 1969 chief of the division.[1]

The Walter Boas Medal of the Australian Institute of Physics is named in his honour.[3]


  1. ^ a b McCarthy, G.J. "Boas, Walter Moritz (1904–1982)". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ Ian D. Rae. "Boas, Walter Moritz (1904–1982)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. First published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007.
  3. ^ "Walter Boas Medal". Australian Institute of Physics. Retrieved 11 May 2012.