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Biographical entry Becker, Jack Ellerton (1904 - 1979)


4 October 1904
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 May 1979
Pembroke, Bermuda
Business executive


Sir Jack Becker was a businessman and pastoralist, who gave generously to the Australian Academy of Science's building program. The Academy building has been named Becker House in his honour.


Born Adelaide, 4 October 1904. Died Bermuda, 10 May 1979. Kt 1962. Apprentice jeweller ca1922-25; founder, Adelaide School of Music ca 1923-42; Conn Musical Factory, Indiana 1926-27; Allans Ltd, a firm selling musical instruments and sheet music 1927-33; formed the Adelaide Drum and Fife Band 1928; several unsuccessful farming ventures; farmer, Ninety-Mile Desert 1943-early 1950s, where he initiated experiments by the Waite Agricultural Research Institute and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research which led to the identification of copper and molybenum deficiency; sheep and cattle stud near Adelaide 1948-52; stud properties in South Australia and New South Wales 1952-68; retired to Bermuda 1971. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1961.

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