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Keith Edward Bullen

applied mathematician , educator.

Keith Edward Bullen, New Zealand applied mathematician, educator. Fellow Royal Society London, American Geophysical Union (William Bowie medallist 1961); member American Academy Arts and Sciences.


Bullen, Keith Edward was born on June 29, 1906 in Auckland, New Zealand. Son of George Sherrar and Maud (Burfoot) Bullen.


Master of Arts, University New Zealand, 1928, Bachelor of Science, 1930. Master of Arts, University Melbourne (Australia), 1945. Doctor of Philosophy, University Cambridge (England), 1937.

Doctor of Science, 1946. Doctor of Science, University Auckland, 1963, U. Sydney, 1975.


Master, Auckland Grammar School, 1926-1927. Lecturer mathematics Auckland U., 1928-1939. Senior lecturer mathematics Melbourne U., 1940-1945.

Professor applied mathematics U. Sydney (Australia), 1946-1971. Special lecturer mathematics physics Hull (England) University College, 1933. Einstein Memorial lecturer Australian Institute Physics, 1959, Harricks lecturer, 1963.

President International Association Seismology and Phsics Earth’s Interior, 1954-1957. Vice president International Science Committee Antarctic Research, 1958-1962, International Union Geodesy and Geophysics, 1963-1967. Chairman Australian nat. committee for I.G.Y., 1955-1960.

Senior University scholar pure and applied mathematics U. New Zealand, 1925. Strathcona exhibitioner St. John’s College, Cambridge U., 1932-1933. Lyle medallist Australian National Research Council, 1951.

Foundation fellow Australian Academy Science, 1953. Walter Burfitt prizeman Royal Society New South Wales, 1953, Hector medalist, Royal Society New Zealand, 1952. Flinders lecturer, medallist Australian Academy Science, 1969.

Pontifical Academician, 1968 Gold medallist Royal Astronomical Society London, 1974.


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Fellow Royal Society London, American Geophysical Union (William Bowie medallist 1961). Member American Academy Arts and Sciences.


Married Florence Mary Pressley, May 15, 1935. Children: John Edward, Anne.

George Sherrar Bullen

Maud (Burfoot) Bullen

Florence Mary Pressley

John Edward Bullen

Anne Bullen