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Biographical entry Alder, Keith Frederick (1921 - )

FIM, FIREE, FTSE, AM

Born
4 September 1921
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Metallurgist and Atomic physicist

Summary

Keith Alder was Director of the Lucas Heights Research Establishment, Australian Atomic Energy Commission, from 1962-1970. He also lectured in metallurgy in New South Wales and Victoria and worked in the United Kingdom.

Details

After completing his science masters, Keith Alder worked for a year as a metallurgist for the Tungsten Plant Ammunition Factory in Footscray. He then moved to New South Wales for a two year lectureship in metallurgy at Newcastle Technical College. From 1946-1948 Alder was a senior scientific officer for the Ministry of Supply Atomic Weapons in Woolwich, London. He returned to Australia and was appointed senior lecturer in physical metallurgy at the University of Melbourne from 1952-1953. The Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, England employed Alder from 1954-1957. In 1955 Alder was appointed head of the Metallurgy Section at the Lucas Heights Research Establishment run by the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC). He remained with the AAEC at Lucas Heights for over twenty years taking on many roles including Director, Head of the Development Group, Head of the Nuclear Science and Technology Branch and was General Manager from 1976-1982. Keith Fredrick Alder was appointed a Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in 1977 in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field. He was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Metallurgists (FIM) and the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia (FIREE).

Events

c. 1944
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1945 - 1946
Career position - Metallurgist for the Tungsten Plant Ammunition Factory in Footscray, Victoria
1946 - 1948
Career position - Lecturer in Metallurgy at the Newcastle Technical College, New South Wales
16 January 1947
Life event - Married Pauline Mary Robertson
1949 - 1950
Career position - Senior Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Supply Atomic Weapons in Woolwich, UK
1952 - 1953
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Physical Metallurgy at the University of Melbourne
1954 - 1957
Career position - Metallurgist at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, UK
1955 - 1962
Career position - Head of the Metallurgy Section at the Lucas Heights Research Establishment of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC)
1962 - 1970
Career position - Director of the Lucas Heights Research Establishment at the AAEC
1968 -
Career position - Member of the AAEC
1971 - 1972
Career position - Head of the Development Group at the Lucas Heights Research Establishment at the AAEC
1973 - 1975
Career position - Head of the Nuclear Science and Technology Branch at the Lucas Heights Research Establishment at the AAEC
1976 - 1982
Career position - General Manager of the Lucas Heights Research Establishment of the AAEC
1977 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1983
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Published resources

Books

  • Alder, Keith F., Australia's Uranium Opportunities: How Her Scientists and Engineers Tried to bring her into the Nuclear Age but were Stymied by Politics, Pauline M. Alder, Warrawee, NSW, 1996, 87 pp. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J & Annette Alafaci