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Biographical entry Melville, James (1908 - 1984)

10 July 1908
New Zealand?
8 October 1984
Agricultural scientist


James Melville was Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute 1956-1973. He was the Australian Universities representative on the Wool Research Committee 1958-1964 and a member of the Council of the Australian Wine Research Institute 1957-1970.


Born New Zealand?, 10 July 1908. Died 8 October 1984. CMG 1969. Educated Universities of Otago (MSc) and London (PhD). Commonwealth Fund Fellow, Yale University, Assistant Chemist, Wheat Research Institute, Christchurch, Director, Plant Chemistry Laboratory, New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research 1939-51, Director, Grassland Division, DSIR 1950-56, war service as Captain, south and south-west Pacific areas 1940-44, Director, Waite Agricultural Research Institute 1956-73. Chairman, Australian Wool Industry Conference 1964-66, President, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science 1970.

Archival resources

Waite Agricultural Research Institute

  • James Melville - Records, 1959 - 1968; Waite Agricultural Research Institute. Details

Published resources


  • Melville, J., 'Agricultural Research.' in Introducing South Australia, Rupert Best, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1958. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Melville, J., 'Obituary: Robert Kerford Morton', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 26, no. 9, 1964, pp. 285-286. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.