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Biographical entry Robertson, Rutherford Ness (1913 - 2001)

FAA, FRS

Born
29 September 1913
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
6 March 2001
Occupation
Botanist and Biologist

Summary

(Sir) Rutherford Robertson was Director of the School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University 1973-1978. Earlier he was Professor of Botany, University of Adelaide 1960-1969, and was President of ANZAAS in 1965 and of the Australian Academy of Science 1970-1974. He is commemorated by the Robertson Symposia and the Robertson Theatre at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University.

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Events

1934
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1934
Career position - Science Research Scholar at the University of Sydney
1935 - 1936
Career position - Linnean Macleay Fellow in Plant Physiology at the University of Sydney
1939
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
1939 - 1946
Career position - Assistant Lecturer, later Lecturer in Botany at the University of Sydney
1946 - 1947
Career position - Senior Research Officer at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Food Preservation and Transport
1949
Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1952 - 1955
Career position - Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
1952 - 1955
Career position - Senior Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
1954 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1954
Career position - President of the Botany Section of ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
1954
Award - Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1955 - 1959
Career position - Chief Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
1958
Career position - Secretary (Biological Sciences) of the Australian Academy of Science
1958 - 1959
Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of California, USA
1959 - 1962
Career position - Member of the Executive of CSIRO
1961 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1961
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
1962
Award - Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
1962 - 1969
Career position - Professor of Botany at the University of Adelaide
1963
Award - Farrer Memorial Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1965
Career position - President of ANZAAS
1965 - 1969
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Research Grants Committee
1968
Award - ANZAAS Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
1968
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1969 - 1972
Career position - Master of University House at the Australian National University in Canberra
1970
Award - ANZAAS Mueller Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
1970 - 1974
Career position - President of the Australian Academy of Science
1971 - 1973
Career position - Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ramaciotti Medical Research Foundation
1972
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
1973 - 1978
Career position - Director of the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University
1977 - 1981
Career position - Deputy Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Council
1980
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
1984 - 1986
Career position - Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University
1987
Award - Robertson Symposia established by the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University
1992
Award - Robertson Theatre opened at the Research School of Biological Sciences

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian National Research Council - Records, October 1948 - November 1951, MS 202; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Australian Society of Plant Physiologists - Records, 1958 - 1999, MS 097; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Oral Collection, 1931 - 2003, MS 057; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Rutherford Ness Robertson - Records, 1946 - 1987, MS 117; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Rutherford Ness Robertson - Records, 1920 - 1972, DeB 624; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Robertson, Rutherford, The Three Societies Lecture: Penal Settlement to High Technology and the Future, Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the three societies, Edinburgh, 1989, 10 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Robertson, Rutherford, 'Osborn, Theodore George Bentley (1887-1973), Botanist, Ecologist and Academic', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 99-100. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110110b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Barrett, J.; Robertson, R. N., 'Max Rudolf Lemberg', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 4, no. 1, 1979, pp. 133-156. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9790410133.htm. Details
  • Hatch, Marshall D., Osmond, Barry (C. B.), and Wiskich, Joseph T., 'Rutherford Ness Robertson 1913-2001', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 14, no. 4, 2003, pp. 485-507. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03008.htm. Details
  • Minnett, H. C. and Robertson, Rutherford Sir, 'Frederick William George White 1905-1994', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 11, no. 2, 1996, pp. 239-258. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9961120239.htm. Details
  • Robertson, R. N., 'Obituary. L.G.M. Baas Becking', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 26, no. 1, 1963, pp. 15-16. Details
  • Robertson, R. N., '"A Society of Natural History. I hope they may succeed." - the first hundred years', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 99, no. 1, 1974, pp. 69-78. Details
  • Robertson, R. N. and Eardley, C. M., 'Obituary: Theodore George Bentley Osborn, DSc, MA, FLS [includes list of publications]', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 97, no. 4, 1973, pp. 317-320. Details
  • Robertson, R. N. and White, N. H., 'Obituary. Professor T.G.B. Osborn', Search, vol. 4, no. 11/12, 1973, p. 455. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Anderson, Brian, 'Obituary: Rutherford Ness Robertson, AC, CMG', The Age, 24 April 2001. Details

Online Resources

See also

Rosanne Walker