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Biographical entry Solomon, David Henry (1929 - )

AC FAA, FTSE, FRACI, FRS

Born
19 November 1929
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

David Solomon became the Masson Professor of Chemistry, University of Melbourne in 1990. Earlier he had been Chief of the Division of Chemicals and Polymers, CSIRO. Solomon is best known as the inventor of surface coatings, polymer mineral composites and plastic laminates for banknotes. His research led to forgery-proof banknotes in circulation today.

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1946 - 1953
Career position - Researcher at Balm Paints (later Dulux Australia Ltd) in Sydney
1950
Education - Associate Diploma of Chemistry completed at Sydney Technical College
1952
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the New South Wales University of Technology
1953 - 1955
Career position - Demonstrator/Teaching Fellow at New South Wales University of Technology
1955
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the New South Wales University of Technology
1955 - 1963
Career position - Leader of the Resin and Polymer Research Section of Dulux
1959
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of New South Wales
1959 - 1960
Career position - Seconded to ICI Paints Division in Slough, UK
1963 - 1970
Career position - Senior Research Scientist then Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Applied Mineralogy
1966 -
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1968
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of New South Wales
1968
Award - Archibald D. Olle Prize received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1968 - 1969
Career position - Seconded to Georgia Kaolin Company, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1970 - 1974
Career position - Chief Research Scientist of CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
1971
Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1974 - 1986
Career position - Chief of the Division of Applied Organic Chemistry, CSIRO
1975 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1975 -
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1977
Award - Liversidge Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1977
Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1978
Award - Polymer Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1979 - 1980
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1980
Award - Applied Research Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1980 - 1981
Career position - Seconded to the Reserve Bank of Australia
1985
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal and Lecturer received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1986 - 1987
Career position - Acting Director of the CSIRO Institute of Industrial Technologies
1987
Award - CSIRO Medal received for significant research achievement in Australia
1988
Award - The Australian Bicentennial Science Achievement Award received
1988 - 1989
Career position - Chief of Division of Chemicals and Polymers, CSIRO
1989
Award - Lady Masson Memorial Lecturer, University of Melbourne
1989
Award - Ian William Wark Medal and Lecturer received from the Australian Academy of Science
1989 - 1990
Career position - Deputy Director of the CSIRO Institute of Industrial Technologies
1990
Award - CSIRO Medal received
1990
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to science and technology, particularly in the field of polymer chemistry
1990 - 1994
Career position - Head of School and ICI Australia and Masson Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1991
Award - Liversidge Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1991
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in chemical engineer
1991
Award - Keynote Lecturer, 2nd Pacific Polymer Conference, Otsu, Japan
1994
Award - Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award received
1995 -
Career position - Professorial Fellow of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
2000 -
Career position - Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers
2002
Award - R. K. Murphy Medal, Industrial Chemistry Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2004
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
2004
Award - CRC for Polymers Chairman's Award for Excellence in Commercialisation (joint)
2005
Award - DAppSc (honoris causa), University of Melbourne
2006
Award - Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation, Government of Victoria
2007 -
Award - Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers
2007
Award - Sellafield Ltd Award for Engineering Excellence, Highly Commended), Institution of Chemical Engineers
2007
Award - NES Award for Novel Engineering Solutions, Institution of Chemical Engineers
2008
Award - Innovation Award, Australian and New Zealand Branch, Society for Plastic Engineers
2009
Award - CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement
2011
Award - Prime Minister's Prize for Science (joint)
2016
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to science as an academic, researcher and author in the field of polymer chemistry and plastics, to the development and commercialisation of processes and materials, and to professional scientific institutions

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Archival resources

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • David Henry Solomon - Records, 1965 - 1990; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Buchanan, Roderick; McCarthy, Gavan; Manhal, Oscar, The Records of Currency Note Research and Development Project, CSIRO, Division of Chemicals and Polymers, Australian Science Archives Project, Melbourne, 1991, 103 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Collins, David J.; Simpson, Gregory W.; Solomon, David H.; Spurling, Thomas H., 'James Robert Price, 1912-1999', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 15, no. 1, 2004, pp. 95-120. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03012.htm. Details
  • Solomon, D. H. and Spurling, T. H., 'Australian manufacturing industry - third time lucky', Prometheus, vol. 5, no. 1, 1987, pp. 63-72. Details
  • Spurling, Thomas H. and Solomon, David H., 'Sefton Davidson Hamann 1921-2009', Historical Records of Australian Science , vol. 20, no. 2, 2009, pp. 255-271. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Edwards, Paul, 'A pioneer from paint to plastic', The Age, no. 7 February, 2007. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn