Gavin R. Putland,  BE PhD

Sunday, December 06, 2020 (Comment)

Résumé — Gavin Richard Putland

Highest qualification

PhD in Electrical Engineering (University of Queensland, 1996) for the thesis Modeling of Horns and Enclosures for Loudspeakers (supervisor: Dr. L.V. Skattebol);

Selected awards

  • University Medal, University of Qld., 1984/5.
  • Cable Makers Australia Prize (best final-year thesis on an Electrical Engineering subject), University of Qld., 1984.

Works in progress

  • Book: Annotated English edition of Fresnel's On Light.

Past academic appointments

January to December 2014: External consultant, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Qatar University:
Formatting (LaTeX), graphics processing (EPS), referencing, indexing, copy-editing, selected reviewing, and occasional computation and graphing (Matlab/Octave), for the Second Edition of B. Boashash (ed.), Time-Frequency Signal Analysis and Processing: A Comprehensive Reference (Elsevier, 2016); see pp. xxxii, xxxiv.
October 1999 to June 2003: Senior Research Assistant, Signal Processing Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology:
Selected research, co-writing, technical editing, reviewing, programming, computation and graphing, typesetting, copy-editing, desktop publishing.
1995 to 1997: Lecturer A, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Queensland:
Lecturing on Signals & Systems (Semester 2/96), 3rd-year circuit theory (1/97), 2nd-year electronics (2/97). Coordination of 3rd-year laboratory subject (1/96 to 2/97), 4th-year seminars (2/96 to 2/97), 4th-year theses (2/96 to 2/97). Developing PowerPoint slides and tutorial questions/solutions for parts of the new introductory EE subject (2/95).
February 1989 - June 1993: Tutor, University of Queensland Union College:
Tutoring introductory subjects in Engineering Mathematics (1989-93), Pure and Applied Mathematics (1990), Electrical Engineering (1991-2).
1992: Senior Tutor, University of Queensland Union College:
Coordinating the pastoral and tutorial programs in the College.
1990: Tutorial Assistant, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland:
Tutoring in 3rd-year Electronics Lab. Revising scripts for 12 hours of laboratory work.
1989: Casual Tutor, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Queensland:
Tutoring six Engineering Mathematics subjects.


(a) Recent:

  • A. Fresnel  (tr./ed.  G.R. Putland), “On the calculation of the hues that polarization develops in crystalline plates (& postscript)”,, 2020  (English translation of “Note sur le calcul des teintes que la polarisation développe dans les lames cristallisées” et seq., May–July 1821).
  • H.A. Lorentz (tr. G.R. Putland), “Centenary of Augustin Fresnel” (short speech at the Sorbonne, October 27, 1927),, July 8, 2020.
  • G.R. Putland (ed.), “H.A. Lorentz on the equivalence of Huygens' construction and Fermat's principle”,, May 20, 2020.
  • G.R. Putland, “Exact derivation of Kirchhoff's integral theorem and diffraction formula using high-school math”,, February 8, 2020 — .
  • G.R. Putland, “Fresnel rhomb” (expanded from stub, with new figures), Wikipedia, April 2018 — .

(b) Journal articles:

  • G.R. Putland, “Thermal Time Constants and Dynamic Compressibility of Air in Fiber-Filled Loudspeaker Enclosures”, J. Audio Engineering Soc. (New York), vol. 46, no. 3 (March 1998), pp. 139-151; [Winner of the aforementioned AES Publications Award; see vol. 48, no. 11 (November 2000), p.1077, or]
  • G.R. Putland, “Acoustical Properties of Air vs. Temperature and Pressure”, J. Audio Engineering Soc., vol. 42, no. 11 (November 1994), pp. 927-933;
  • G.R. Putland, “Every One-Parameter Acoustic Field Obeys Webster's Horn Equation”, J. Audio Engineering Soc., vol. 41, no. 6 (June 1993), pp. 435-451;
  • G.R. Putland, “Comments on ‘Acoustic Waveguide Theory’ ”, J. Audio Engineering Soc., vol. 39, no. 6 (June 1991), pp. 469-471; Reprinted in Loudspeakers Volume 4: Transducers, Measurement and Evaluation (New York: Audio Engineering Soc., 1996), pp. 184-186.

(c) Book contributions:

  • B. Boashash & G.R. Putland, “Design of High-Resolution Quadratic TFDs with Separable Kernels”, in B. Boashash (ed.), op. cit., Article 5.7.
  • B. Boashash & G.R. Putland, “Discrete Time-Frequency Distributions”, in B. Boashash (ed.), op. cit., Article 6.1.
  • B. Boashash & G.R. Putland, “Computation of Discrete Quadratic TFDs”, in B. Boashash (ed.), op. cit., Article 6.5.

(d) Conference papers:

  • G.R. Putland, “Privacy as a Test of Legitimacy in Revenue-Raising”, 25th Annual National Republican Convention (Traralgon, Vic., May 21, 2011);
  • G.R. Putland, “Land-Backed Debt as a Revenue Base” IU Global Conference 2010 (London, April 27, 2010);
  • G.R. Putland, “Effects of taxes and transfers on housing affordability”, Informa Australia 2nd Annual Housing Affordability Congress (Melbourne, December 10, 2008);
  • G.R. Putland & B. Boashash, “Can a signal be both monocomponent and multicomponent?” Third Australasian Workshop on Signal Processing Applications (WoSPA 2000), Brisbane, December 14-15, 2000, Paper 32; (© QUT SPRC).

(e) Magazine article:

  • G.R. Putland, “A Light Beam for a Finderscope”, Sky and Telescope (Cambridge, MA), vol. 82, no. 4 (October 1991), pp. 418-420.

(f) Selected misc.:

  • G.R. Putland, “Fiscal devaluation on steroids”, Macro Business, September 3, 2013;
  • G.R. Putland, “From the subprime to the terrigenous: Recession begins at home”, LVRG Blog, June 1, 2009;
  • G.R. Putland, “We'll all go down together” (warning of global financial crisis), Australian Financial Review, September 10, 2003;

Other employment highlights

June 2006 to Dec. 2013: Research Officer, Prosper Australia;
July 2003 to June 2006: Communications Officer, Prosper Australia:
Letters, articles, papers, submissions, market updates, talking points, speeches, radio spots, etc., concerning the advantages of public collection of economic rent in lieu of taxes on productive activities.
1986 to 1987: Engineer Class 2, Radio Design (Country) Section, Telecom Australia (Qld.):
Path designs for customer and low-capacity radio bearers and Digital Radio Concentrator Systems, including Monto, Duaringa, Jericho, Mitchell, Muttaburra and Augathella DRCSs.


Birthplace: Home Hill, Qld., Australia;
Residence: Melbourne, Australia;
Religion: Orthodox Christian  (since 1988);
Marital status: Married to Lorelle  (since 2011).

[Last modified 6 December 2020.]

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