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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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Events

- 1960
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The University of London, England
- 1979
Education - Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), The University of London, England
1943 - 1946
Career position - Ministry of Supply, England
1945
Award - Associate Member, Institute of Physics, England
1946 - 1953
Career position - Building Research Station, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, England
1953 - 1961
Career position - British Rubber Producers' Research Association, England
1962 - c. 1965
Career position - Post-doctoral Fellowship, Division of Textile Physics, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
1965 - 1966
Career position - Leader, Leather research section, Division of Protein Chemistry, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
1966 - 1986
Career position - Macquarie University Representative, Council of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
1966 - 1986
Career position - Foundation Professor of Physics, Macquarie University, Australia
1967
Life event - Stood unsuccessfully as Australian Reform Movement candidate for the Senate in the 1967 Federal Election
1971 - 1975
Chair - Councillor, Public Library of New South Wales, Australia
1971 - 1977
Career position - Founding Council Member, Griffith University, Australia
1974 - 1977
Career position - Councillor, Macquarie University Council
1978 - 1985
Career position - Science Communicator, Script writer, researcher and presenter, Science Show, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1980 - 1986
Career position - Councillor, Macquarie University Council
1983 - 1985
Chair - Vice-president, Council of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
1983 - 1986
Chair - Convenor of the National Advisory Council on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1984 - 1987
Chair - Councillor, Minster for Science's Commission for the Future
1985
Award - 1985 Shared United Nations media peace prize gold citation for Blood and Iron
1986
Award - Fellow, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)
1986 - 1987
Award - Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University

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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

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn