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Biographical entry Ross, Ian Gordon (1926 - 2006)

AO, FAA

Born
5 July 1926
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
14 November 2006
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Ian Ross was a chemist whose most important research was on quantum chemistry and theoretical interpretation of the electronic spectra of aromatic molecules. He was Professor of Chemistry at the Australian National University from 1968 to 1977, then becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Ross was a driving force behind establishment of engineering and information technology studies at the University. He was also involved in the establishment of Anutech, the commercial arm of the University. His wider involvement in the scientific community included serving as Chairman of Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, the Australian Research Grants Committee, and of the Physical Sciences Panel of the Co-operative Research Centres Committee.

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Events

1946
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Sydney
1947 - 1948
Career position - Research student, Teaching Fellow, and Temporary Lecturer at the University of Sydney
1949
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1949
Education - Master of Science (MSc), University of Sydney
1949 - 1952
Career position - Research Scholar at University College, London
1952
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of London
1953
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at Florida State University
1954 - 1956
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1957 - 1964
Career position - Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney
1960 - 2006
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1964 - 1968
Career position - Reader at the University of Sydney
1968 - 1977
Career position - Professor of Chemistry at the Australian National University
1971
Award - Awarded the H.G. Smith Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1972 - 1973
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science, Australian National University
1973 - 2006
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
1974 - 1978
Career position - Editor, Records of the Australian Academy of Science
1975
Career position - Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University
1977 - 1979
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Research Grants Committee
1977 - 1988
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University
1979 - 1997
Career position - Director of Anutech Pty Ltd
1982 - 1983
Career position - Chairman of the Inquiry into Commonwealth Laboratories
1983 - 1986
Career position - Chairman of ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1986 - 1990
Career position - Member, Canberra Development Board
1989 - 1990
Career position - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Special Projects) at the Australian National University
1989 - 1993
Career position - Secretary for Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science
1990
Career position - Chairman of the Working Party on Library Provision in Higher Education Libraries
1990 - 1996
Career position - Chair of the Physical Sciences Panel of the Co-operative Research Centres Committee
1994 - ?
Career position - Chair of the Communications Research Institute of Australia
1994
Career position - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Ian Gordon Ross - Records, 1844 - 2004, MS 220; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, 66 (August-December) (2006), 10-11. Details
  • Fischer, Gad and Gilbert, Robert G., 'Ian Gordon Ross 1926-2006', Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (1) (2009), 91-107 . Details
  • Ross, I. G., 'Alexander Boden 1913-1993', Historical Records of Australian Science, 11 (4) (1997), 523-540. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9971140523.htm. Details
  • Selinger, Ben, 'Ian Gordon Ross, 1926-2006', Chemistry in Australia, 74 (1) (2007), 29-30. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn