History of crystallography
Conferencing down under
An account of the conference was published in Acta Crystallographica (1966), 21, 455-457, and gives a flavour of the significance of the meeting. The CSIRO Film Unit took advantage of the occasion to film a number of interviews with many of the distinguished participants, who included many of the founding figures of modern crystallography and electron diffraction. These recordings are available through the IUCr YouTube channel and are of great historic interest.
The satellite meeting took place at the Mayer Chalet at Warburton, near Melbourne, from 23 to 25 August 1965, and a group photograph showing the participants is in the IUCr photographic archive. We have been able to identify a number of the participants as shown in the figures below, thanks to the help of Jimpei Harada (both very fortunate as young scientists to meet such a distinguished group of crystallographers), but we would be very interested to identify more of the participants, or to hear any personal recollections of that workshop or the Melbourne Conference. If you are able to help, please send information via the gallery link above or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.