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Biographical entry Mercer, Edgar Howard (1913 - )

16 February 1913
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Physicist and Biologist


Edgar Mercer has had a long and extremely varied career. He has worked in the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and electron microscopy and in industries as diverse as textiles, animal health, and human dermatology. Throughout his career, Mercer worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. One of his last positions was Professor of Biology at the University of Hawaii.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Adelaide
Education - Honours in Science completed at the University of Adelaide
1939 - 1941
Career position - Physicist at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Division of Animal Health and Nutrition
1941 - 1947
Career position - Physicist at the National Standards Laboratory
1947 - 1949
Career position - ICI Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Leeds
1949 - 1952
Career position - Research Officer at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Industrial Chemistry
1952 - 1953
Career position - Electron Microscopist at the Textile Research Institute at Princeton, USA
1953 - 1962
Career position - Electron Microscopist(?) at the Chester Beatty Institute for Cancer Research in London
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Adelaide
1963 - 1967
Career position - Head of the Electron Microscopy Unit at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra
1967 - 1969
Career position - Research Assistant in the Department of Dermatlogy at the University of California Medical Centre in San Francisco, USA
1973 - 1981
Career position - Professor of Biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

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McCarthy, G.J.