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Biographical entry Wark, Ian William (1899 - 1985)

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Born
8 May 1899
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
20 April 1985
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Industrial chemist and Science administrator

Summary

Ian Wark was Chief of the Division of Industrial Chemistry, CSIR/O 1939-1958, Director of the Chemical Research Laboratories 1958-1960, and a member of the Executive 1960-1965. He was chairman of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Advanced Education 1965-1971. The Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Ian Wark Medal and lecture biennially since 1987.

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Commemorated by the Ian Wark Laboratories in the CSIRO complex at Clayton, the Ian Wark Theatre in the Australian Academy of Science, the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia and the Ian William Wark Medal and Lecture of the Australian Academy of Science.

Events

1919
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1920
Education - MSc, University of Melbourne
1923
Education - PhD, University College, London
1924
Life event - Postdoctoral studies, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
1924
Education - DSc, University of Melbourne
1925
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Sydney
1926 - 1939
Career position - Research Chemist, The Electrolytic Zinc Company of Australasia Limited
1933
Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal, Australian Chemical Institute
1933
Award - Grimwade Prize, University of Melbourne
1933
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1939 - 1958
Career position - Chief, CSIR/CSIRO Division of Industrial Chemistry
1940 - 1953
Award - Fellow, Australian Chemical Institute
1942 - 1943
Career position - President, Victorian Branch, Australian Chemical Institute
1946
Career position - President, Chemistry Section, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1946 - 1954?
Career position - Member, Australian National Research Council
1946 - 1985
Award - Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1953 - 1985
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1954 - 1985
Award - Inaugural Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1958
Career position - General President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1958 - 1960
Career position - Director, CSIRO Chemical Research Laboratories
1960 - 1965
Career position - Member of the Executive of CSIRO
1960 - 1985
Award - Honorary Member, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1964
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1964 - 1985
Career position - Governor, (honorary), Ian Potter Foundation
1965 - 1971
Career position - Chairman, Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Advanced Education
1966
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1967
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1969
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)
1971 - 1985
Career position - Honorary consultant to CSIRO Minerals Research Laboratories / Institute of Energy and Earth Resources
1971 - 1985
Career position - Member, South Australian Board of Advanced Education
1973
Award - ANZAAS Medal
1975 - 1985
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1976 - 1985
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1978 - 1981
Career position - Inaugural President, Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Ian William Wark - Records, 1922 - 1985, MS 148; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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

  • Ian William Wark - Records, 1939 - 1965; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • McCarthy, Gavan, The Papers of Sir Ian William Wark, 1899-1985 (Melbourne: Australian Science Archives Project, 1987), 51 pp. Details
  • Rees, A.L.G., Science in Bondage: the Inaugural Ian William Wark Lecture, 30 November 1987 (Canberra: Australian Academy of Science, 1987), 16 pp. Details

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