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Biographical entry Mason, Peter (1922 - 1987)

Born
25 February 1922
England
Died
20 March 1987
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Activist, Educator, Physicist and Science broadcaster

Summary

Peter Mason was the foundation Professor of Physics, Macquarie University from 1966 to 1986. Between 1962 and 1966 he was a postdoctoral fellow and Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Divisions of Textile Physics and Protein Chemistry. He broadcast frequently on the ABC "Science Show" and published a number of books for the lay-reader including a history of rubber, and Blood and iron which was awarded a United Nations media peace prize gold citation in 1985. His principal areas of research were polymer science and biophysics. Mason was an active campaigner for nuclear disarmament.

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1943
Education - BSc, University of London
1943 - 1946
Career position - Worked for the Ministry of Supply, United Kingdom
1945
Award - Associate Member, Institute of Physics, United Kingdom
1946
Education - MSc, University of London
1946 - 1953
Career position - Worked at Building Research Station, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, United Kingdom
1953 - 1961
Career position - Worked with British Rubber Producers' Research Association
1960 -
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The University of London, United Kingdom
1962
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1962 - c. 1965
Career position - Post-doctoral Fellowship, Division of Textile Physics, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
1965 - 1966
Career position - Principal Research Officer and leader of the leather research section, CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry
1966 - 1986
Career position - Foundation Professor of Physics, Macquarie University, Australia
1966 - 1986
Career position - Member of Council and Macquarie University Representative, Council of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
1971 - 1975
Career position - Councillor, Public Library of New South Wales, Australia
1971 - 1977
Career position - Member of Council, Griffith University, Australia
1974 - 1977
Career position - Member of Council, Macquarie University
1978 - 1985
Career position - Science Communicator, Script writer, researcher and presenter, Science Show, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1979 -
Education - Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), The University of London, England
1980 - 1986
Career position - Member of Council, Macquarie University
1983 - 1985
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
1983 - 1986
Career position - Convenor, National Advisory Council, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1984 - 1987
Career position - Member, Minster for Science's Commission for the Future
1985
Award - United Nations media peace prize gold citation (shared) for Blood and Iron
1986 - 1987
Award - Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University
1986 - 1987
Award - Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)

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Archival resources

Macquarie University Archives

  • Peter Mason - Records, 1920 - 1989; Macquarie University Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Binnie, Anna-Eugenia, 'Mason, Peter (1922-1987), Physicist, Educator and Science Communicator', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 137-8. Details

Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn