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Biographical entry Ninham, Barry William (1936 - )

AO, FAA

Born
9 April 1936
Croydon, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Barry William Ninham was Founder and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, from 1991 - 2000. During this time the Department became a world-leader in colloid and surface science. Ninham also founded and led the Australian National University's Department of Optical Sciences. In 2008 the University established the Barry Ninham Chair in Natural Sciences. His contributions in many fields have been recognised in numerous Australian and overseas awards.

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1957
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Western Australia
1958
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Western Australia
1960 - 1962
Career position - Research Fellow, IBM Corporation, New York, U.S.A.
1962
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Maryland, USA
1962 - 1970
Career position - Lecturer then Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales
1964 - 1966
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship received
1968 - 1969
Career position - Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health, USA
1969
Award - Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1969
Award - Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1970 -
Career position - Foundation Professor (to 2000) and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra
1971
Award - Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1978 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1982 -
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, USA
1982 - 1983
Career position - Foundation Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications
1990
Award - Rehbinder Medal received from the USSR Academy of Sciences
1991
Award - Doctor of Technology (Dtech) honoris causa received from KTH Stockholm (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan)
1995
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
1996
Career position - Chair in Chemical Engineering, National Research Council for Engineering Sciences, Sweden
1998
Career position - Member of the UNESCO World Commission on Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology
1998
Career position - Erlander Chair in Chemistry, Swedish Natural Scientific Research Council
2001 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
2001
Career position - Guest Professor, Malmo University, Sweden
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in colloid surface chemistry
2002 - 2004
Career position - National Chair of Chemistry, Florence, Italy
2004
Career position - Humboldt Professor, University of Regensburg
2005 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
2006
Award - David Craig Medal, Australian Academy of Science
2006
Award - Ostwald Medal, German Chemical Society
2010
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Western Australia
2013
Award - Enzo Ferroni Gold Medal, Italian Physical Chemistry Society
2014
Award - Overbeel Gold Medal, European Colloid and Interface Society
2014
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to physical sciences through landmark theoretical and practical advances in colloids and surfaces, and as an academic, educator and mentor
2017
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science

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