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Biographical entry Philip, John Robert (1927 - 1999)

AO, FAA, FRS

Born
18 January 1927
Melbourne?, Victoria, Australia
Died
26 June 1999
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occupation
Civil engineer

Summary

John Philip was Chief of the Division of Environmental Mechanics, CSIRO from 1971 to 1980, and from 1983 to 1991. From 1980 to 1983 he was first Director of the CSIRO Institute of Physical Sciences. He was Australia's most distinguished environmental physicist and made outstanding contributions to research in soil water physics, micrometeorology, the soil-atmosphere continuum, and measurement methods in the context of the biosphere

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1948 - 1951
Career position - Engineer, Queensland Irrigation Commission
1951 - 1961
Career position - Research scientist, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1957
Award - Robert E. Horton Medal, American Geophysical Union
1957 - 1958
Career position - Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
1961 - 1962
Career position - Nuffield Foundation Dominion Fellow, University of Cambridge
1961 - 1963
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1963 - 1970
Career position - Chief Research Scientist and Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1966
Award - David Rivett Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1966 - 1967
Career position - Australian-American Education Foundation Senior Scholar and Research Fellow, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1967 - 2019
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1970
Career position - President, Section 1 Physics, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1970 - 1971
Career position - Acting Chief, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1971
Career position - President, Section 8 Mathematics, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1971 - 1980
Career position - Chief of the Division, CSIRO Division of Environmental Mechanics
1972
Career position - Vinton-Hayes Fellow, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, .U.S.A.
1972 - 1978
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1974 - 1978
Career position - Biological Secretary, Australian Academy of Science
1974 - 2019
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society, London
1975
Career position - Co-ordinator, SciTaskforce, Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration
1979
Career position - Visiting Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
1980 - 1983
Career position - Director, CSIRO Institute of Physical Sciences
1981
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1981
Award - Robert E. Horton Medal, American Geophysical Union
1981 - 1999
Award - Fellow, American Geophysical Union
1983
Award - DEng honoris causa, University of Melbourne
1983 - 1991
Career position - Chief of the Division, CSIRO Division of Environmental Mechanics
1990
Award - Eminent Researcher Award, Australian Water Resources Advisory Council
1991 - 1999
Award - Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences
1992
Award - DPh honoris causa, Agricultural University of Athens
1992 - 1999
Award - Emeritus CSIRO Fellow
1992 - 1999
Award - Fellow, Soil Science Society of America
1994
Award - Visiting Fellow Commonership, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
1995
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
1995 - 1999
Award - Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Engineering
1998
Award - Jaeger Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1998
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the science of hydrology, to scientific communication in promoting the interests of science for the community, and to Australian culture through architecture and literature

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Robert Philip - Records, 1974 - 1979, MS 224; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Philip, J. R., 'Science and the Word', Search, 4 (4) (1973), 112-115. Details
  • Smiles, David, 'John Robert Philip 18 January 1927 - 26 June 1999', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 51 (2005), 329-45. Details
  • Smiles, David, 'John Robert Philip, 1927-1999', Historical Records of Australian Science, 16 (2) (2005), 221-246. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR05008.htm. Details

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See also

  • Who's who in Australia XXXIst edition 1995 (Melbourne: Information Australia Group, 1995), 1622 pp. Details

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