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Biographical entry Hills, Edwin Sherbon (1906 - 1986)

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Born
31 August 1906
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died
2 May 1986
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

Edwin Sherbon Hills was Lecturer in Geology 1932-1944, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy 1944-1962, Research Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1962-1971, at the University of Melbourne. His interests were wide ranging and included fossil fishes, physiography, mineralogy and petrology, structure, tectonics and morphotectonics, and economic geology.

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1928
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1929
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1929
Career position - Demonstrator in Geology at the University of Melbourne
1931
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London
1932 - 1938
Career position - Lecturer in Geology at the University of Melbourne
1938
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1938 - 1942
Career position - Acting Senior Lecturer (to 1940) then Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Melbourne
1939
Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1942
Award - Wollaston Fund Award received from the Geological Society of London
1942 - 1943
Career position - Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Melbourne
1943
Career position - Geologist at the North Australia Observer Unit, Directorate of Army Research
1944 - 1971
Career position - Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Melbourne
1947
Career position - President of Section P (Geography) of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1947 - 1948
Career position - Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne
1947 - 1956
Career position - Chairman of Editorial Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria
1951
Award - Bigsby Medal received from the Geological Society of London
1952 - 1955
Career position - Chairman of the Interim Council and then Foundation President of the Geological Society of Australia
1954 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1954 -
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1955 - 1956
Career position - President of the Royal Society of Victoria
1959 - 1962
Career position - Chairman of the Professorial Board and Pro-Vice-Chancellor
1959 - 1968
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Hydrology
1962 - 1968
Career position - Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Victoria
1962 - 1971
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor
1964 - 1971
Career position - Research Professor of Geology
1967
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London
1968
Award - Lomonosov Medal received from the University of Moscow
1970 - 1978
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Quaternary Research
1971
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1972 -
Career position - Professor Emeritus
1977 - 1978
Career position - Chairman of the Commission on the Teaching of Geology, International Union of Geological Sciences
1979
Award - W.R. Browne Medal received from the Geological Society of Australia
1985
Career position - Member of the Royal Society of Sciences of Uppsala

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Edwin Sherbon Hills - Records, 1950 - 1987, MS 092; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Geological Society of Australia - Records, 1952 - 2000, MS 085; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Edwin Sherbon Hills - Records, 1844 - 1988, MS 8564; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Edwin Sherbon Hills - Records, 1930 - 1988, DeB 698; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Sherratt, Tim; McCarthy, Gavan, A Guide to the Records of Edwin Sherbon Hills, Australian Science Archives Project, Melbourne, 1992, 150 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Archbold, N.W., 'Hills, Edwin Sherborn (1906-1986), Geologist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 533-534. Details
  • Turner, S. and Long, J.A, 'Professor Edwin Sherbon Hills: His Palaeontological Works', in Twidale, R. (ed.), A Small Collection of Informal Essays Prepared by Friends and Colleagues and Intended for Presentation to Prof. E.S. Hills on What Would have been his Eightieth Anniversary of his Birthday 31 August, 1986, 1986, pp. 1-14. Details
  • Turner, S. and Long, J.A, 'Professor Edwin Sherbon Hills: His Palaeontological Works', in Le Maitre, R.W. (ed.), Pathways in Geology. Essays in Honour of Edwin Sherbon Hill, Memorial Volume Committee/Blackwoods, Melbourne, 1989, pp. 41-51. Details

Journal Articles

  • Hill, Dorothy, 'Edwin Sherbon Hills, 1906-1986', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987, pp. 79-95. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870710079.htm. Details
  • Hills, E. S., 'Ernest Willington Skeats', Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, vol. 66, no. 1-2, 1955, pp. 164-65. Details
  • Hills, E. S., 'Royal Society of Victoria - Approaching Centenary', The Australian Journal of Science, vol. 19, no. 4, 1957, pp. 144-145. Details
  • Hills, E. S., 'William Noel Benson', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, vol. 4, 1958, pp. 27-33. Details
  • Hills, E. S., 'Frank Leslie Stillwell', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 1, 1966, pp. 58-66. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9660110058.htm. Details
  • Hills, E. S., 'David Evan Thomas (1902-1978)', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 5, no. 2, 1981, pp. 90-96. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9810520090.htm. Details
  • Joyce, E. B., 'Professor E. S. Hills' Great Relief Model of Australia', Newsletter (Earth Sciences History Group), vol. 36, 2006, pp. 23-25. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Higgins, H. and Hewertson, W., 'William Edwin Hills, Wood Scientist, 9-2-1921 - 3-2-2008', The Age, 20 March. Details

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Digital resources

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McCarthy, G.J.