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Biographical entry Reid, Allen Forrest (1931 - 2013)


26 March 1931
Gisborne, New Zealand
17 January 2013


Allen Reid was Director of the CSIRO Institute of Minerals, Energy and Construction 1988-1997. He was formerly Director of CSIRO's Institute of Energy and Earth Resources 1984-1987 and Chief of its Division of Mineral Engineering 1982-1984. Reid's major scientific achievements have been in the field on solid-state chemistry and its applications to assist the minerals industry. He was responsible for the development of QEM*SEM for automated characterisation of ores and minerals by scanning electron microscope imaging and X-ray analysis, and has contributed to a variety of fields, including commercial solar energy panels, the detailed understanding of the very-high-pressure minerals likely to exist in the deep mantle of the earth, and a number of industrial minerals processes.


Born Gisborne, New Zealand, 26 March 1931. AM 1993. Educated Auckland Teachers Training College (secondary teacher training 1954), University of New Zealand (Canterbury) (MSc 1954) and Australian National University (PhD 1959, DSc 1970). Research Scientist, CSIRO 1959-72; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cornell University 1964-66; Assistant Chief, Division of Mineral Chemistry, CSIRO 1972-82; Chief, Division of Mineral Engineering, CSIRO 1982-84; Director, CSIRO Institute of Energy and Earth Resources 1984-87; Director, CSIRO Institute of Minerals, Energy and Construction 1988-97; Technical Director, Australian Environmental Resources NL 1997- . CSIRO Rivett Medal 1970; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1982; Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1988; Royal Chemical Society Lecturer in Australia 1988; Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute. President, University of Sydney Chemical Society 1988-89.

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