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Biographical entry Osmond, Charles Barry (Barry) (1939 - )


20 September 1939
Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia
Plant biologist


Barry Osmond was Professor of Environmental Biology at the Australian National University, Canberra 1978-1987, Director, Research School of Biological Sciences 1991-1998 and Professor, Photo Bioenergetics Group 1998-c. 2001. He published widely in the fields of photosynthesis, photorespiration and plant ecology.


Born Cooranbong, New South Wales, 20 September 1939. Educated Universities of New England (BSc (hons) 1961, MSc 1963) and Adelaide (PhD 1965). Research Fellow, Australian National University 1967-69, Fellow 1969-73, Senior Fellow 1973-78, Professor, Department of Environmental Biology 1978-87; Executive Director, Biological Sciences Center, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada 1982-86; Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, Durhan, USA 1987-91; Director, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University 1991-98, Professor, Photo Bioenergetics Group 1998-ca 2001; President and Executive Director, Biosphere 2 Center, Columbia University ca 2001 to date. Goldacre Medal, Australian Society of Plant Physiologists 1972; Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1974; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1978; Fellow, Royal Society 1984; Distinguished Alumni award, University of New England 1994; Clarke Medal (Botany), Royal Society of New South Wales 1997; Forschungspreis Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 1997.

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McCarthy, G.J.