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Biographical entry Ritchie, Ernest (1917 - 1976)

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Born
11 February 1917
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Died
8 April 1976
Roseville, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Inorganic chemist

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Ernest Ritchie joined the Chemistry Department of the University of Sydney in 1937 as a Demonstrator in Organic Chemistry and remained with the department until his early death. He was appointed to a personal chair in 1967 and then Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1971. Ritchie was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 1963. His research was principally on the phytochemistry of the Australian flora, particularly the families Flindersiaceae, Myrtaceae, Proteaceae and Rutaceae. He took an active role in the wider profession, contributing to the foundation of the Australian journal of chemistry and playing a central role in the establishment of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

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1937
Education - BSc (hons), University of Sydney
1937 - 1941
Career position - Demonstrator in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1939
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1941 - 1944
Career position - Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1944 - 1946
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1946 - 1961
Career position - Reader, Department of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1948
Award - Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1954
Award - Dominion Travelling Scholarship, Nuffield Foundation
1954
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Sydney
1961 - 1971
Career position - Professor (personal chair), University of Sydney
1962
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1963 - 2007
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1968
Career position - Chairman, Heterocyclic Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1970
Award - Royal Society and Nuffield Foundation Bursary
1971 - 1972
Career position - Head, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1971 - 1976
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney

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