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    Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre
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Born
1 April 1905
North London, England
Died
26 August 1986
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Raymond Le Fèvre was Professor of Chemistry, University of Sydney 1946-1970, and Head of the School of Chemistry 1948-1970. Earlier he was Lecturer then Reader in Organic Chemistry, University College London. His research focused on diazo-compounds, isometric forms, kinetics of isomerisations in solution, molecular structure and geometry using dipole moments, and the Kerr effect; his collaborator in this was his wife Catherine Gunn Le Fèvre. The Le Fèvre Memorial Prize for distinguished basic research by a young scientist in chemistry, particularly physical chemistry, was established by the Australian Academy of Science in 1989.

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1925
Education - BSc, East London College, University of London
1927
Education - MSc, East London College, University of London
1928 - 1938
Career position - Lecturer in organic chemistry, University College London
1935
Education - DSc, East London College, University of London
1938 - 1939
Career position - Reader in organic chemistry, University College, London
1940 - 1945
Career position - Directorate of Scientific Research, Air Ministry, United Kingdom
1945 - 1946
Career position - Head of Chemistry Department, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1946 - 1970
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1946 - 1975
Career position - Trustee, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
1946 - 1986
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1947 - 1948
Career position - Trustee, Mitchell Library, Sydney
1948 - 1951
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of New South Wales
1948 - 1970
Career position - Head, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1952
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1953
Award - Coronation Medal
1954 - 1986
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1955
Career position - President, Section B, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1959 - 1986
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1959 - 1986
Award - Fellow, Royal Institute of Chemistry
1960
Award - Archibald Liversidge Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1961
Career position - President, Royal Society of New South Wales
1961 - 1974
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of New South Wales
1967
Award - Masson Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1969
Award - Royal Society of New South Wales Medal
1971 - 1986
Career position - Professorial Fellow, Macquarie University
1985
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Sydney
1989
Award - R. J. W. Le Fèvre Memorial Prize established by the Australian Academy of Science

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National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office

  • Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre - Records, c. 1940 - c. 1945, CRS M1744; National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office. Details
  • Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre - Records, CRS M1745; National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office. Details
  • Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre - Records, CRS M1932; National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre - Records, 1926 - 1986, P 157; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Holland, H. G., 'Le Fèvre, Raymond James Wood (1905-1896), Professor of Chemistry' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012), pp. 19-20. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/le-fevre-raymond-james-14149. Details
  • Le Fevre, R.J.W., 'The Establishment of Chemistry within Australian Science' in A Century of Scientific Progress (Sydney: Royal Society of New South Wales, 1961). Details

Journal Articles

  • Aroney, M. J. and Buckingham, A. D., 'Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre 1 April 1905 - 26 August 1986, elected F.R.S. 1959', Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 34 (1988), 375-403. Details
  • Aroney, M. J.; Buckingham, A. D., 'Raymond James Wood Le Fèvre 1905-1986', Historical Records of Australian Science, 7 (3) (1988), 273-297. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9880730273.htm. Details
  • Le Fevre, R. J. W., 'Albert Ernest Alexander', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 2 (2) (1972), 61-81. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9720220061.htm. Details
  • Le Fevre, R.J.W., 'John Smith, First Professor of Chemistry in Australia', The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, 26 (1959), 348-353. Details

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