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Biographical entry Spurling, Thomas Harley (Tom) (1940 - )

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Born
24 December 1940
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Educator, Executive and Physical chemist

Summary

Chemist Tom Spurling worked at an executive level within the CSIRO and its affiliated organisations. He began at the CSIRO in 1967. He was a research scientist within the Divisions of Applied Chemistry and Applied Organic Chemistry (1967-1985). He then served as Chief of the Divisions of Chemicals and Polymers (1989), and Molecular Science (1996). He represented the CSIRO in Indonesia as manager of the CSIRO-LIPI Management Systems Strengthening project from 1998 to 2001.

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After his retirement from CSIRO in 2003, Spurling was appointed first Director of the Institute of Industrial Technology, Swinburne (2002 to 2004) and then Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences (2004 to 2005). He then was appointed Chief Executive of the CRC for Wood Innovations (2005 to 2008)

Events

1962
Education - Bachelor of Science (Hons I) in Physical Chemistry, University of Western Australia
1963
Award - CSIRO Post-Graduate Studentship
1965
Award - CSIRO Overseas Studentship
1966
Education - PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Western Australia
1967 - 1969
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Tasmania
1969 - 1974
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
1971
Award - Rennie Memorial Medal, RACI
1974 - 1981
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Organic Chemistry
1981 - 1984
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Applied Organic Chemistry
1984 - 1985
Career position - Senior Private Secretary to Senator Gareth Evans (the Minister for Resources and Energy)
1986 - 1988
Career position - Employed at the Institute of Industrial Technology
1988 - 1989
Career position - Manager of Policy and Planning, Institute of Industrial Technologies, CSIRO
1989 - 1996
Career position - Chief of the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers
1994
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, RACI
1996 - 1998
Career position - Chief of the CSIRO Division of Molecular Science
1998 - 2001
Career position - Manager of the CSIRO-LIPI Management Systems Strengthening project, Indonesia
2000
Award - CSIRO Award for Business Excellence in Technology Transfer
2001
Award - Centenary Medal
2001 - 2003
Career position - CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Division of Molecular Science
2002 - 2004
Career position - Director of the Institute of Industrial Technology, Swinburne University
2003
Award - Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, Award for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement
2004 - 2005
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University
2005 - 2008
Career position - Chief Executive of the CRC for Wood Innovations
2008 -
Career event - Appointed to the CSIRO board
2008
Award - Member of the Order of Australia
2011
Award - RACI, International Year of Chemistry, Living Luminary of Australian Chemistry

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Books

  • Solomon, David and Spurling, Tom, The plastic banknote: from concept to reality (Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, 2014), 240 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'ANZAAS Medal goes to Tom Spurling', Focus, 204 (2017), 54. Details
  • Avery, Neil R., Jackson, W. Roy and Spurling, Thomas H., 'John Robert Anderson 1928-2007', Historical Records of Australian Science, 25 (2014), 253-63. Details
  • Chandler, G. S. and Spurling, T. H., 'Gerry Bottomley: a passion for high-precision measurements of liquids and gasses', Chemistry in Australia, 2018 (September/October) (2018), 31. Details
  • Collins, David J.; Simpson, Gregory W.; Solomon, David H.; Spurling, Thomas H., 'James Robert Price, 1912-1999', Historical Records of Australian Science, 15 (1) (2004), 95-120. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03012.htm. Details
  • Demediuk, Barbara and Spurling, Tom, 'From Matzejow to Highett: the Remarkable Career of Taisa Demediuk', Chemistry in Australia, June (2012), 30-1. Details
  • Hodgkin, J. H., Morton, T. C. and Spurling, T. H., 'Geoff Hawthorne, CSIRO polymer chemist', Chemistry in Australia, 2017 (March) (2017), 32-3. Details
  • Smith, Susan and Spurling, Thomas H., 'The Science and Industry Endowment Fund: supporting the development of Australian science', Historical Records of Australian Science, 26 (1) (2015), 58-83. Details
  • Solomon, D. H. and Spurling, T. H., 'Australian manufacturing industry - third time lucky', Prometheus, 5 (1) (1987), 63-72. Details
  • Spurling, T., 'Historical Origins of CSIRO Molecular Science', Chemistry in Australia, 64 (9) (1997), 12-15. Details
  • Spurling, T. H., 'William Sutherland - Australia's First Physical Chemist', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 41 (12) (1974), 313-314. Details
  • Spurling, T. H., 'Sefton D. Hamann', Chemistry in Australia, 2009 (April) (2009), 24-5. Details
  • Spurling, T. H. and Webb, J. M., 'William Percy Wilkinson: analytical chemist, ampelographer and provocateur', Chemistry in Australia, 2017 (March) (2017), 33. Details
  • Spurling, Thomas H., 'Donald Eric Weiss 1915-1998', Historical Records of Australian Science, 22 (2011), 152-70. Details
  • Spurling, Thomas H. and Noller, Barry N., 'Robert (Robin) Harold Stokes 1918 - 2016', Historical records of Australian science, 30 (1) (2019), 42-8. https://doi.org/10.1071/HR18018. Details
  • Spurling, Thomas H. and Solomon, David H., 'Sefton Davidson Hamann 1921-2009', Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (2) (2009), 255-271 . Details
  • Spurling, Tom, 'Donald (Don) Willis: Distinguished CSIRO Scientist', Chemistry in Australia, 2013 (July) (2013), 28. Details
  • Spurling, Tom [et al.], 'Obituary: Jack Cannon AM, organic chemist and promoter of international co-operation', Chemistry in Australia, 2015 (February) (2015), 30. Details
  • Swift, J. D. and Spurling, T. H., 'Enid C. Plante: Early Days at Fishermens Bend', Chemistry in Australia (1989), 230-231. Details
  • Upstill, Garrett, and Spurling, Thomas H., 'Adjusting to changing times: CSIRO since the 1970s', Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 9 (2007), 113-124. Details
  • Upstill, Garrett, and Spurling, Thomas H., 'New Structures, New Strategies: CSIRO's Changing Role in Australian Innovation', Prometheus, 26 (2008), 141-152. Details
  • Watson, Donald and Spurling, Tom, 'Frank G. Watson, engineer 2nd September 1927 to 11th October 2013', ATS and ITA news, 2014 (March) (2014), 118. Details
  • Wolff, Helen A., Healy, Terence J. and Spurling, Thomas H., 'An introduction to the CSIRO oral history collection', Historical Records of Australian Science, 30 (2) (2019), 112-8, https://doi.org/10.1071/RH18026_CO. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Watson, Donald, and Spurling, Tom, 'A gifted engineer who ensured Melburnians were in the Loop', The Age (2013), 41. Details

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