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Biographical entry Craig, David Parker (1919 - 2015)

AO, FAA, FRS

Born
23 December 1919
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
1 July 2015
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

David Craig was a theoretical chemist who made significant contributions in the fields of quantum theory and spectroscopy of aromatic molecules, molecular crystals, quantum electrodynamics and chirality. He was foundation Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Australian National University, Canberra from 1967 to 1984. Craig is commemorated in the David Craig Wing at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, opened 1995, and the David Craig Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Science since 1999.

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1940
Education - BSc (Hons), University of Sydney
1941
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1942 - 1944
Career position - Captain, Second Australian Imperial Force
1944 - 1946
Career position - Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Sydney
1946 - 1949
Career position - Turner and Newall Research Fellow, University College, London
1949
Education - PhD, University College, London
1949 - 1952
Career position - Lecturer, University College, London
1952 - 1956
Career position - Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Sydney
1956 - 1967
Career position - Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University College, London
1967 - 1984
Career position - Foundation Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Australian National University
1968 - 2009
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
1968 - 2015
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of London
1969 - 2015
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1970 - 1973
Career position - Dean, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University
1972
Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1977 - 2015
Career position - Member, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
1980 - 1984
Career position - Chairman, Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships Committee
1980 - 1985
Career position - Member of the Executive (part-time), CSIRO
1982
Award - Archibald Liversidge Medal and Lecture, Royal Society of New South Wales
1984 - 2015
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
1985
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Bologna, Italy
1985
Award - DSc Honoris causa, University of Sydney
1985
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to the community, particularly in the field of physical chemistry
1985
Award - Russell Grimwade Lecturer, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1990 - 1994
Career position - President, Australian Academy of Science
1991
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1999
Award - David Craig Medal inaugurated by the Australian Academy of Science
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in theoretical chemistry
2009 - 2015
Award - Distinguished Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • David Parker Craig - Records, MS 182; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Ian Gordon Ross - Records, 1844 - 2004, MS 220; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Oral Collection, 1931 - 2003, MS 057; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Private hands (Craig, D.P.)

  • David Parker Craig - Records, 1952 - 1987; Private hands (Craig, D.P.). Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, 101 (2015), https://science.org.au/publications/newsletter-101/deceased-fellows. Details
  • Anon, 'Professor David Craig, theoretical chemist at ANU', Chemistry in Australia, 2015/6 (Dec/Jan) (2016), 32. Details
  • Craig, D., 'A journey with good companions: fifty years of quantum chemistry', Advances in Quantum Chemistry, 34 (1999), 1-50. Details
  • Craig, D. P., 'Physical Chemistry at the University of Sydney', Australian Journal of Science, 16 (1954), 138-139. Details
  • Hush, Noel S. and Radom, Leo, 'David Parker Craig 1919 - 2015', Historical Records of Australian Science, 28 (2) (2017), 159-70, https://doi.org/10.1071/HR17018. Details
  • Hush, Noel S. and Radom, Leo, 'David Parker Craig AO FAA, 23 December 1919 - 1 July 2015', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 64 (2018), 107-29. Details
  • Reimers, Jeffrey R., 'Putting David Craig's legacy to work in nanotechnology and biotechnology', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 69 (12) (2016), 1331-59. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn