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Biographical entry Brown, Ronald Drayton (1927 - 2008)

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Born
14 October 1927
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
31 October 2008
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Chemist and Educator

Summary

Ronald Brown was internationally recognised for his research in the fields of theoretical chemistry, microwave spectroscopy and galactochemistry. His publications included over 300 papers. He foundation Professor of Chemistry at Monash University from 1959 to 1992, the Department under his leadership becoming one of the finest in Australia. Brown took an active role in professional organisations, being Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute from 1963 to 1964.

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1946
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1948
Award - Masson Memorial Scholarship Prize, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1951
Award - Rennie Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1952
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London
1952 - 1953
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry at University College in London
1953
Career position - Senior Lecturer in General Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1959
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1959
Career position - Reader in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1959 - 1992
Career position - Head of the Department of Chemistry at Monash University, Victoria
1960
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1960 - 1992
Career position - Professor of Chemistry at Monash University, Victoria
1963 - 1964
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), Victorian branch
1963 - 2008
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1965 - 2008
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1968
Award - Archibald Liversidge Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1971 - 1974
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1972 - 1976
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1976 - 1980
Career position - Secretary, Physical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science
1976 - 1980
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1977
Award - Medal, Royal Society of Victoria
1977
Award - Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1988
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in chemistry
2002
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to chemistry and chemical research, particularly spectroscopic work on molecules, to education in the areas of curriculum development, teaching and as an administrator, and to the community

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Book Sections

  • Brown, R. D., 'My research career' in Chemistry at Monash University 1986 - 2003, Collins, D. J., ed. (Clayton, Vic.: School of Chemistry, Monash University, 2005), pp. 47-62. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Ron Brown', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, 74 (2008), 11. Details
  • Godfrey, Peter D., Larkins, Francis P. and Swan, John D., 'Ronald Drayton Brown 1927-2008', Historical Records of Australian Science, 21 (2010), 191-220. Details
  • Jones, A, J,, 'Reflecting on the impact of Professor Ronald Drayton Brown', Chemistry in Australia, 2005 (April) (2005), 17-9. Details
  • Larkins, Frank P., 'Ronald (Ron) Drayton Brown AM, FRACI, CChem, FAA 14 October 1927 to 31 October 2008', Chemistry in Australia, 2009 (February) (2009), 21-2. Details

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See also

  • Who's who in Australia XXXIst edition 1995 (Melbourne: Information Australia Group, 1995), 1622 pp. Details

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