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Biographical entry O'Donnell, James Hamilton (1934 - 1995)

Born
3 September 1934
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died
29 April 1995
Occupation
Physical chemist

Summary

James O'Donnell worked in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Queensland 1964-1995, starting as a lecturer and becoming a professor in 1986. During the 1970s he helped establish Polymer Materials and Radiation Group at the University. His research was in the area of polymer and radiation chemistry. In 1981 he was the inaugural chairman of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Chemistry Week Committee, where he initiated National Chemistry Week 1981. O'Donnell is commemorated by the O'Donnell Schools Lecture (formerly Queensland Schools Lecture), The Jim O'Donnell International Travel Awards, open to all post-graduate members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and The O'Donnell Young Polymer Scientists Prize (Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute).

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1954
Education - BSc (hons), University of Western Australia
1955 - 1956
Career position - Development Chemist, ICI Australia Yarraville Chemical Factory, Victoria
1957 - 1958
Career position - Research Chemist, ICI Australia Central Research Laboratories, Ascot Vale, Victoria
1959 - 1962
Career position - Senior Demonstrator, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
1963
Education - PhD, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
1963
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
1964 - 1969
Career position - Lecturer in physical chemistry, University of Queensland
1970 - 1975
Career position - Senior Lecturer in physical chemistry, University of Queensland
1976 - 1985
Career position - Reader in physical chemistry, University of Queensland
1982
Award - Battaerd-Jordan Medal, Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1983
Career position - President, Pacific Polymer Federation
1983
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1986
Education - DSc, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
1986
Career position - President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1986 - 1987
Career position - Professor of Chemistry (personal chair), University of Queensland
1988 - 1995
Career position - Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Queensland
1990
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1992 - 1995
Career position - Chairman, National Committee for Chemistry, Australian Academy of Science
1992 - 1995
Career position - Chairman, International Relations Committee, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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