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Biographical entry Alexander, Albert Ernest (1914 - 1970)

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Born
5 January 1914
Ringwood, Southampton, Hampshire, England
Died
23 May 1970
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Albert Alexander, who was born and educated in England, was appointed to the Chair of Applied Chemistry, New South Wales University of Technology in 1949. He later moved to the University of Sydney to be Professor of Physical Chemistry 1956-1970.

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After achieving first class honours in his science degree, Albert Alexander was awarded an open scholarship to study at King's College, Cambridge. There he completed his PhD in 1938, receiving a King's College senior scholarship and a Ramsay memorial fellowship for postdoctoral research. This was done under the guidance of Professor Rideal at the College's Department of Colloid Science, where Alexander later became Assistant Director. In 1949 he moved to Australia to become foundation chair of applied chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology. By 1956 Alexander had lost faith in the University and moved to the University of Sydney and was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry - a position he held until his death in 1970. Alexander has produced over 140 scientific papers.

Events

1934
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Reading, UK
1936
Education - Bachelor of arts (BA) completed at King's College, Cambridge, UK
1938
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at King's College, Cambridge
1939
Career position - Fellow of the Institute of Medical Chemistry at the University of Uppsala, Sweden
1939 - 1944
Career position - Scientist in the Department of Colloid Science at King's College, Cambridge
17 May 1940
Life event - Married Catherine Robson in Cambridge
1944 - 1949
Career position - Assistant Director of Research of the Department of Colloid Science at King's College, Cambridge
1947
Career position - Tilden lectureship received from the Chemical Society of London
1949
Career position - Foundation Chair of Applied Chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology
1949
Career position - Colloid Science (written with Paley Johnson) published in Oxford
1949 - 1956
Career position - Professor of Applied Chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology
c. 1950
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at New South Wales University of Technology / University of New South Wales
1951
Education - Doctor of Science (ScD) received from King's College, Cambridge
1955
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, New South Wales branch
1956 - 1970
Career position - Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1959 - 1964
Career position - Member of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Advisory Council
1960 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1965
Career position - Presented the A. D. Ross Lecture at the University of Western Australia
11 December 1965
Life event - Married Gisela Gudrum Baker at the Presbyterian Church in Pymble

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Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Albert Ernest Alexander - Records, 1935 - 1971, P 150; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Albert Ernest Alexander, 1914-1970', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, vol. 37, no. 8, 1970, p. 211. Details
  • Alexander, A. E.; Hacobian, S.; Hayes, J. W., 'Obituary: Bruno Zdenko Breyer', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 30, no. 8, 1968, pp. 317-318. Details
  • Hunter, R. J., 'Albert Ernest Alexander (1914-1970): Obituary', Search, vol. 1, no. 3, 1970, p. 91. Details
  • Le Fevre, R. J. W., 'Albert Ernest Alexander', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 2, no. 2, 1972, pp. 61-81. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9720220061.htm. Details

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