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Biographical entry MacLennan, Ethel Irene (1891 - 1983)

15 March 1891
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Botanist and Plant pathologist


Ethel MacLennan was Associate Professor of Botany, University of Melbourne 1931-1955, after having joined the staff in 1915. She specialized in mycology and plant pathology, and was awarded the Syme Prize in 1927.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1915 - 1931
Career position - Demonstrator and Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
Career position - Scandinavian fellowship received from the International Federation of University Women
Award - Syme Prize received
Career position - Chairwoman of the Australian Pan-Pacific Women's Committee
1931 - 1955
Career position - Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
Career position - President of the Australian Federation of University Women
1937 - 1938
Career position - Acting Head of the Biology Department at the University of Melbourne

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Ethel Irene McLennan - Records, 1920 - 1982; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Ducker, Sophie C., 'Ethel McLennan (1891-1983) botanist', in Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988. Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. (ed.), 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988, 268 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Ethel Irene McLennan', Uni News, vol. 11, no. 16, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Parbery, D. G., 'Ethel Irene McLennan 1891-1983: Pioneer Teacher of Mycology and Plant Pathology in Victoria', Australasian Plant Pathology, vol. 18, no. 3, 1989, pp. 47-56. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Alexander, John A. (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp. Details
  • Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C., 'John Stewart Turner 1908-1991', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 9, no. 3, 1993, pp. 278-290. Also available at Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: successes and lost opportunities', Australian Physicist, 1990, Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.