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Biographical entry Mackney, Alan W. (1913 - 2003)


6 September 1913
Alstonville, New South Wales, Australia
Organic chemist


Alan Mackney graduated from the University of Sydney in 1934 and shortly after joined the CSIR Division of Forest Products 1935-1940. In 1944 he joined N.Z. Forest Products Ltd as Chief Chemist eventually becoming Director of the company 1978-1981.


Born Alstonville, New South Wales, 6 June 1913. OBE 1982. Educated University of Sydney (BSc (hons) 1933, MSc 1934). Senior demonstrator in organic chemistry, University of Sydney 1935; research assistant, Division of Forest Products, CSIR 1935-40; assistant chief chemist, Australian Newsprint Mills Ltd, Tasmania 1940-44; chief chemist, New Zealand Forest Products Ltd 1944-50, general manager, New Zealand Forest Products Ltd, Penrose Industries 1950-61; general manager, New Zealand Forest Products Ltd, Production 1961-66; deputy managing director, New Zealand Forest Products Ltd 1966-73, managing director 1973-78, director 1978-81. L.R. Banjamin Award, Australian & New Zealand Pulp & Paper Technical Association 1972; Thomson Medal of Royal Society (New Zealand) for services to science in New Zealand 1985. Chairman, National Research Advisory Council 1979-86; president, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry 1984-85.


Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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  • Alan W. Mackney - Records, 1930 - 1988; Private hands (Mackney, A.W.). Details

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McCarthy, G.J.