Podcast No.18: Interview with Frank Leahy
by Craig Robertson
(Above) Frank Leahy at home in his study with a favourite old theodolite.
(Left) Frank signing books at the launch of Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (see below for details), at the Royal Society of Victoria, November, 2011. (Photo: Hui Fen Chen)
Podcast No.18: Frank Leahy (15 Mb m4a file; 60 minutes)|
Frank Leahy has had a long career in the practice of geodesy and geomatics, as a researcher, teacher, and consultant. He is particularly interested in the mathematics involved, especially least squares theory; he is an admirer of Karl Friedrich Gauss. He has developed algorithms in use today by Geoscience Australia and other major organisations involved with mapping land, railway networks and marine boundaries. His working life has seen the technology change from sextants and theodolites and traditional eighteenth-century triangulation methods to instruments so accurate their measurements can adjust for continental drift.
Frank qualified first as a land surveyor. Since boyhood and a youthful period mapping outback Queensland, he has had a special interest in the history of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (1860-1861) - otherwise known as the Burke and Wills Expedition - because he is a passionate supporter of the achievements of William John Wills as a surveyor. Many thanks to Dr Doug McCann for participating in this interview. This interview © Copyright Frank Leahy, Craig Robertson & Doug McCann, 2012.
In my study: No. 18 notes on maps and mapping. (5.1 Mb mp3 file; 5' 16") This is a slightly longer version than the notes included in the Frank's podcast. For more IMS Notes see also List of Subjects.)
Frank Leahy: selected publications
Frank Leahy (2011). William John Wills as scientist, chapter in Burke & Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition, (eds) EB Joyce & DA McCann (CSIRO Publishing).
Most of Frank Leahy's many papers were published in a range of professional journals. Some of the more readily found include:
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