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Biographical entry Weiss, Donald Eric (1924 - 2008)

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Born
4 October 1924
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
29 July 2008
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Industrial chemist

Summary

Don Weiss was co-inventor and primarily responsible for the development of the "Sirotherm" desalination and the "Sirofloc" water clarification processes. He was also responsible for initiating and overseeing the research and development that resulted in a new reconstituted wood product "Scrimber", a new nylon paper wood bale and replacement of asbestos fibres by cellulose fibres in asbestos-cement products. Weiss was Chief of the CSIRO Division of Chemical Technology from 1979 to 1984, followe3d by a 5-year term as Director of CSIRO's Planning and Evaluation Advisory Unit.

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1945
Education - BSc, University of Adelaide
1945 - 1946
Career position - Shift Chemist, Associated Pulp and Paper Mills
1947
Career position - Development Chemist, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1948 - 1965
Career position - Research scientist, Chemical Engineering Section (later Physical Chemistry Section), Division of Industrial Chemistry, CSIR (later CSIRO)
1951
Award - Rennie Medal, Australian Chemical Institute
1955
Award - Russell Grimwade Prize, University of Melbourne
1955
Award - Grimwade Prize, University of Melbourne
1959 - 1960
Career position - Member of Committee, Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria
1960
Education - DSc, University of Adelaide
1965 - 1971
Career position - Chief Research Scientist I, CSIRO Division Applied Chemistry
1965 - 1976
Career position - Member, Victorian Branch Committee, Australian Water and Wastewater Association
1966
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1970 - 1971
Career position - Chairman, Victorian Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1971
Career position - Chief Research Scientist II, CSIRO Division Applied Chemistry
1971
Award - Archibald D. Olle Prize, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1971 - 1973
Career position - Member, Water Quality Technical Committee, Water Resources Council of Australia
1971 - 1974
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry and Officer-in-Charge, Forest Products Laboratory
1971 - 2008
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1973 - 1974
Career position - President, Victorian Branch Committee, Australian Water and Wastewater Association
1973 - 1979
Career position - Chief, CSIRO Division of Chemical Technology
1975 - 1987
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1976
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1977
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1978 - 1979
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1979
Career position - President, Australian Branch, International Water Association
1979
Career position - Member, Water Quality Research Sub-committee, Water Resources Council of Australia
1979 - 1984
Career position - Director, Planning and Evaluation Advisory Unit, CSIRO
1982
Award - Applied Research Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1983
Career position - President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1987 - 2008
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1989
Award - CSIRO Medal
1992
Award - Society of the Chemical Industry, London Award

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