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5 March 1903
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
15 December 1986
Agricultural chemist


Geoffrey Leeper worked as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture, University of Melbourne from 1934, and was Professor of Agricultural Chemistry 1962-1969. He wrote four books - two on trace elements, one on soil chemistry and one on soils.


Born 5 March 1903. Died 15 December 1986. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1924, MSc 1926). Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong 1925-26, University of Adelaide 1927, Rowett Research Institute, Scotland 1929, Research scholar in chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Melbourne 1930-32, Lecturer in Agricultural Chemistry 1933-46, Associate Professor 1946-62, Professor 1962-69. President, Royal Society of Victoria 1959-60. President, Victorian Branch, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science. Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

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The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Geoffrey Winthrop Leeper - Records, 1937 - 1986; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Attiwill, P.M. and Leeper, G.W., Forest soils and nutrient cycles, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic., 1987, 202 pp. Details
  • Leeper, G. W., Six Trace Elements in Soils: Their chemistry as micro-nutrients, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1970, 59 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Attiwill, Peter, 'Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop (1903-1986), Agricultural Chemist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 18-9. Details

Edited Books

  • Leeper, G. W. (ed.), Sir Samuel Wadham, Melbourne, 1956. Details

Journal Articles

  • Leeper, G. W., 'Obituary: Ernst Matthaei', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 29, no. 6, 1967, p. 166. Details

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Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop Portrait


McCarthy, G.J.