In the early 1940’s, Paul Crivelli, at that time General Manager of ABACUS Instrument Co., arranged a regular monthly Luncheon with a number of Melbourne men involved in instrumentation.
Following a discussion with instrument company representatives on 20 July 1943, a public meeting was called for 24 August 1943 at which a motion for the formation of The Australian Society of Instrument Technology (A.S.I.T.) was passed. It is believed that this was the first national technical society in the world to be formed specifically to deal with instrumentation only.
The meeting elected as President, Dr P L Henderson, the Chief Chemist of Monsanto (Australia) Pty Ltd, and as Vice President, Dr N B Lewis, the Chief Chemist of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd. Mr P A Crivelli was elected as Honorary Secretary.