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Born
9 November 1924
Glasgow, Scotland
Died
1 February 2013
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Jim Morrison was internationally renowned for his expertise in the construction and operation of mass spectrometers. He was a pioneer in use of computers in association with these instruments in relation to ion physics, instrument control and data analysis. Morrison's 18-year career at the CSIRO Division of Chemical Physics, during which he rose to become Chief Research Officer, was followed by a distinguished period from 1967 when he was inaugural Professor of Chemistry at La Trobe University in Victoria. He was played significant roles in policy and governance committees at La Trobe University and in the wider tertiary community. Morrison was also active in professional organisations, filling executive positions in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of Victoria.

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1945
Education - BSc, University of Glasgow
1946 - 1949
Career position - Instructor on Chemistry, University of Glasgow
1949
Education - PhD, University of Glasgow
1949
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1949 - 1953
Career position - Senior Research Officer, Division of Chemical Physics, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
1950 - 1958
Career position - Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1953
Award - Rennie Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1953 - 1960
Career position - Principal Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Chemical Physics
1956 - 1957
Career position - Commonwealth Fund Fellow, University of Chicago, U.S.A.
1958 - 2013
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1960 - 1964
Career position - Senior Principal Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Chemical Physics
1961
Award - H.. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1962 - ?
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of Victoria
1964
Career position - Visiting Professor, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1964 - 1967
Career position - Chief Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Chemical Physics
1964 - 1968
Career position - Member, Sectional Committee 3 (Chemistry), Australian Academy of Science
1964 - 2013
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1967 - 1990
Career position - Foundation Professor of Chemistry, La Trobe University, Australia
1968 - 1970
Career position - Member of Council, La Trobe University
1968 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, University Computer Committee, La Trobe University
1971
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Utah, U.S.A.
1972 - 1977
Career position - Head, Chisholm College, La Trobe University
1973 - 2001
Career position - Adjunct Professor, University of Utah, U.S.A.
1975 - 1976
Career Position - President, Royal Society of Victoria, Australia
1975 - 1978
Career position - Member, Academic Committee for Applied Sciences, Victorian Institute of Colleges
1975 - 1978
Career position - Member of Council, Victorian Institute of Marine Science
1975 - 1978
Career position - Chairman, Physical Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1976 - 1978
Career position - Member, Federal Council. Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1977
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
1979 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, National Committee for the Committee on Data (CODATA) of the International Council for Science
1980 - 1984
Career position - Member, Australian Research Grants Committee
1980 - 1986
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Physics
1981 - 1984
Career position - Member, Sectional Committee 3 (Chemistry), Australian Academy of Science
1982 - 1984
Career position - Member, Academic Board, La Trobe University
1984 - 1987
Career position - Member of Council (Physical Sciences), Australian Academy of Science
1985 - 2013
Career position - Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh
1986 - 1987
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1987 - 1989
Career position - Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, University of Delaware, U.S.A.
1988 - 1991
Career position - Member of Council (Physical Sciences), Australian Academy of Science
1990
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science, particularly in the field of physical chemistry, and to education
1990 - 2013
Career position - Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Australia
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in mass spectrometry

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  • 'James D, Morrison: curriculum vitae International Journal of Mass Spectroscopy', International Journal of Mass Spectroscopy, vol. 192, no. 2/3, 2000, pp. ix-xiii. Details
  • Cory, Suzanne, 'James (Jim) Douglas Morrison: Leader in Mass Spectroscopy', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 2013, June, 2013, p. 30. Details
  • Enke, C. G. and Yost, R. A., 'Jim Morrison, friend and colleague', Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectroscopy, vol. 24, no. 9, 2013, pp. 1319-23. Details
  • McLafferty, Fred W., 'Jim Morrison - mass spectrometrist for all seasons', Organic Mass Spectrometry, vol. 26, 1991, pp. 181-2. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, '140 Years Ago: Neumayer and a Meteorite', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 111, 2004, p. 52. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, '90 Years Ago: some Pioneering Field Trips, part 1: a Geophysicist and some Camels', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 115, April, 2005, pp. 16-18. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, '90 Years Ago: some Pioneering Field Trips, part 2: Edward Kidson, his Observers and Some More Camels', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 116, June, 2005, pp. 20-23. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, '90 Years Ago: some Pioneering Field Trips, part 3: George Dodwell and Some Geophysical Co-operation', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 117, August, 2005, pp. 17-20. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Neumayer: Pioneer Exploration Geophysicist [4]', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 124, October, 2006, pp. 12-15. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Neumayer: Pioneer Exploration Geophysicist [1]', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 121, April, 2006, pp. 21-24. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Neumayer: Pioneer Exploration Geophysicist [3]', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 123, August, 2006, pp. 17-20. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Neumayer: Pioneer Exploration Geophysicist [5]', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 125, December, 2006, pp. 34-36, 38. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Neumayer: Pioneer Exploration Geophysicist [2]', Preview: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, vol. 122, June, 2006, pp. 12-15. Details
  • Morrison, Doug, 'Geological surveying in Australia by the navigators James Cook and Matthew Flinders', Preview, vol. 189, 2017, pp. 38-41. Details
  • Morrison, Doug and Barko, Ivan, 'Dagelet and Dawes: their Meeting, their Instruments and the First Scientific Experiments on Australian Soil ', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 20, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-40. Details
  • Morrison, Doug and Barko, Ivan, 'The LapĂ©rouse expedition and geomagnetism: the unexpected discovery of Lamanon's 'lost' letter and Ledru's instructions', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 26, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-19. Details
  • Morrison, Douglas, 'Georg Neumayer's Magnetic Survey of the Colony of Victoria 1858-1864', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 123, 2011, pp. 48-61. Details
  • Morrison, J. D., 'Forty years of mass spectroscopy', Organic Mass Spectroscopy, vol. 26, 1991, p. 183=94. Details
  • Morrison, J. D., 'Personal reminiscences of forty years of mass spectrometry in Australia', Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 26, no. 4, 1991, pp. 183-94. Details
  • Rae, Ian, 'James Douglas Morrison 1924 - 2013', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 29, no. 1, 2018, pp. 41-50, https://doi.org/10.1071/HR17021. Details
  • Traeger, J. C., 'Introduction [to special issue to mark James Morrison's 75th birthday]', International Journal of Mass Spectroscopy, vol. 192, no. 2/3, 2000, pp. vi-vii. Details
  • Traeger, J. C., 'Obituary: James Douglas Morrison AO (1924 - 2013)', Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectroscopy, vol. 24, no. 9, 2013, pp. 1326-7. Details

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