Vale John Connolly

February 26th, 2024

John Joseph Connolly

19 June 1938 – 17 February 2024

John’s niece, Leah Lucas has prepared some lovely words below detailing John’s work and wider endeavours in CSIRO

John commenced working for CSIRO in 1957 in radiometry (astronomy/solar studies) and then thermometry, working in the NML building in Sydney University and then came to Lindfield when it opened in 1978. John studied Science at UNSW, instructed by a professor in his office with two other students.

He specialised in Platinum Resistance Thermometry, traveling to Singapore, India, Thailand and Korea sharing his knowledge and skills across South-East Asia. His team would often host people from these and other countries at Lindfield.

He was an active member of the CSIRO Ski Club and was President for several years.

He retired in the early 2000’s and was thrilled when his niece Leah Lucas commenced working at CSIRO Lindfield in May 2023.

He was “A man big in stature, spirit and generosity”.


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