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Biographical entry Rivett, Albert Cherbury David (David) (1885 - 1961)

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Born
4 December 1885
Port Esperance, Tasmania, Australia
Died
1 April 1961
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemist and Science administrator

Summary

Sir David Rivett was a member of the CSIR Executive 1926-1949 becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1927 and then Chairman in 1946. Earlier he held the post of Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne 1924-1927. The David Rivett Medal is awarded by the CSIRO Officers Association.

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1906
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1907
Award - Rhodes Scholarship
1909
Education - BA, University of Oxford
1910
Education - BSc, University of Oxford
1910
Career position - Chemist, Nobel Institute of Physical Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden
1911 - 1912
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
1913
Education - DSc, University of Melbourne
1913
Education - MA, University of Oxford
1914
Career position - Organising secretary, 84th Meeting, British Association for the Advancement of Science
1914 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps and at the British munitions works, United Kingdom
1921 - 1924
Career position - Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
1924 - 1927
Career position - Professor of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
1927 - 1945
Career position - Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1930 - 1931
Career position - President, Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria
1935
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
1937
Award - R. M. Johnston Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania
1937 - 1939
Career position - President, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1940
Career position - President, Australian Chemical Institute
1941 - 1961
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1945 - 1949
Career position - Chairman (part-time), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1949
Career position - President, Society of Chemical Industry of London
1949
Career position - President, Australian Chemical Institute
1953
Award - James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1954 - 1961
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Albert Cherbury David Rivett - Records, 1887 - 1961, MS 083; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • Albert Cherbury David Rivett - Records, 1926 - 1961; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Currie, George; Graham, John, The Origins of CSIRO: Science and the Commonwealth Government, 1901-1926 (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1966), 203 pp. Details
  • King, Bill; McCarthy, Gavan, The Records of Albert Cherbury David Rivett (1885-161) and the British Association for the Advancement of Science Australian Meeting, 1914 (Melbourne: Australian Science Archives Project, 1988), 37 pp. Details
  • Rivett, R., David Rivett: Fighter for Australian Science (Camberwell, Victoria: R. D. Rivett, 1972), 225 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Schedvin, C. B., 'Rivett, Albert (1855-1934), clergyman and pacifist, and Sir Albert Cherbury David (1885-1961), scientist and administrator' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Geoffrey Serle, ed., vol. 11 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), pp. 398-401. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110709b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Florey, Howard, 'David Rivett Memorial Lecture. The Development of Modern Science', Australian Journal of Science, 26 (1963), 99-105. Details
  • Gresford, G. B., 'Sir David Rivett', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 28 (1961), 182-184. Details
  • Marston, H. R., 'Albert Cherbury David Rivett 1885 - 1961', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 12 (1966), 437-55. Details
  • Schedvin, C. B., 'Environment, Economy and Australian Biology 1890-1939', Historical Studies, 21 (1984), 11-28. Details

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McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn