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Biographical entry Hobbs, Bruce Edward (1936 - )

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Born
23 October 1936
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Science administrator and Geologist

Summary

Bruce Edward Hobbs was Chief Scientist of Western Australia and Executive Officer of the Office of Science and Innovation at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet between 2002 and 2006. Previously, he held many academic positions including Foundation Professor of Earth Science at Monash University, Visiting Professor at University of California (1980), Visiting Professor at Brown University in Providence, USA (1978), Professor of Structural Geology at the State University of New York (1971) and Geology lecturer at the University of Sydney. Hobbs left academia in 1984 to join CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) as Chief Research Scientist in the Division of Geomechanics, Melbourne and was promoted several times before becoming Chief of CSIRO Exploration and Mining in 1992. In February 2000, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Minerals and Energy, CSIRO. Hobbs worked on developing computer applications that simulate mechanical behaviour, fluid flow, heat flow and chemical reactions governing ore body formation. The goal is to produce a predictive modelling capability that enhances our ability to discover new ore bodies. In recognition of his great work, he has received numerous prizes and awards including the Jaeger Medal (2001), Senior Fulbright Award (1979), United States Antarctic Research Program Medal (1970), Junior Fulbright Award (1966) and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1991.
Adapted from http://www.otd.nt.gov.au/dcm/otd/innovation/tropical_futures/pdf/profile_hobbs.pdf Since 1995 the Geological Society of Australia has awarded the Bruce Hobbs Medal every other year to an individual who has made significant contribution to structural geology.

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1959
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Sydney
1960 - 1966
Career position - Lecturer in Geology at the University of Sydney
1962
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Sydney
1965 - 1967
Career position - Research Geologist at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, USA
1966 - 1967
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of New South Wales
1967
Award - Stillwell Award received from the Geological Society of Australia
1967 - 1971
Career position - Fellow of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra
1970
Award - United States Antarctic Research Program Medal received
1971 - 1972
Career position - Professor of Structural Geology at the State University of New York, USA
1972 - 1984
Career position - Foundation Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria
1977 - 1982
Career position - Member of the Australian Science and Technology Council
1978 - 1979
Career position - Visiting Professor at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (fourteen months)
1979
Award - Fulbright Award received
1980 - 1981
Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of California, USA (six months)
1984 - 1987
Career position - Chief Research Scientists at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Geomechanics
1987 - c. 1992
Career position - Chief of the CSIRO Division of Geomechanics
1987 - c. 2003
Career position - Honorary Research Associate at Monash University
1991 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1992 - 1993
Career position - Chief, CSIRO Division of Exploration and Geoscience
1993 - 2000
Career position - Chief of CSIRO Exploration and Mining
2000 - 2003
Career position - Deputy Chief of CSIRO Executive of Minerals and Energy
2001
Award - Jaeger Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science
2003 -
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO
2003 - 2006
Career position - Member, Science Council, Western Australia
2003 - 2006
Career position - Chief Scientist in the Western Australian Government
2003 - 2006
Career position - Executive Director, Western Australian Office of Science and Innovation
2004
Award - Institute Medal, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
2006 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia
2006 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2007 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2009
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science, particularly in the field of structural geology as a leader in the development of innovative research centres and mineral exploration technologies
2017
Award - Science Excellence Award in structural Geology, International Union of Geological Sciences

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