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Biographical entry Mellor, David Paver (1903 - 1980)

Born
19 March 1903
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died
9 January 1980
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Inorganic chemist

Summary

David Paver Mellor was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of New South Wales from 1955 to 1969. He is commemorated there by the Mellor Lecture and Medal (for Chemical Education) and the Mellor Lecture Theatre in the School of Chemistry. His research was concerned with the properties and structures of metal complex compounds. He was the author of several books, including The Role of Science and Industry in the Second World War (Civil Series Commonwealth Official War History). Mellor also lectured at the University of Sydney and was Chief Examiner of the New South Wales Leaving Certificate; Chairman of the Syllabus Committee for Leaving Certificate Chemistry; Chairman of the Science Syllabus Committee for the Wyndham Scheme; and Chief Examiner for Science (Higher School Certificate).

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Events

1926
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Tasmania
1927
Career position - Electrolytic Zinc Research Scholar
1928
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Tasmania
1928
Career position - Research Fellow at the Commonwealth Solar Observatory
1929 - 1948
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1938
Career position - Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA
1941
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1945
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Tasmania
1948 - 1955
Career position - Reader in Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1949
Career position - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1951
Award - Liversidge Medal received
1955 - 1968
Career position - Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology / University of New South Wales
1956 - 1968
Career position - Head of the School of Chemistry
1968 - 1969
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales
1969
Award - Dwyer Memorial Medal received
1975
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1977
Career position - 1st Kurth Memorial Lecturer at the University of Tasmania

Archival resources

University of New South Wales Archives

  • David Paver Mellor - Records, 1917 - 1980, CN 778 and others; University of New South Wales Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Mellor, D. P., The Role of Science and Industry, Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Vol. 5 of Series 4 (Civil), Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1958. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Livingstone, S. E., 'David Paver Mellor 1903-1980', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 8, 1980, p. 115. Details
  • Mellor, D. P., 'The Development of Coordination Chemistry in Australia', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 3, no. 2, 1976, pp. 29-40. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9760320029.htm. Details
  • Mellor, D.P., 'Obituary: Richard Thomas Baker', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 76, 1942, p. 6. Details
  • Mellor, D.P., 'Founders of Australian Chemistry. Archibald Liversidge', The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, vol. 24, August, 1957, pp. 415-421. Details
  • Mellor, D.P., 'H. G. Smith. A Pioneer in Australian Phytochemistry', The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, vol. 27, 1960, pp. 309-216. Details
  • Mellor, D.P., 'Ronald Sidney Nyholm (1917-1971): Obituary', Search, vol. 3, no. 11/12, 1972, p. 399. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.