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Biographical entry Sutherland, Keith Leonard (1916 - 1980)

OBE, FAA

Born
17 January 1916
North Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died
16 January 1980
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia

Summary

Keith Sutherland was an expert in flotation systems and surface chemistry. He was appointed head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) physical chemistry section in 1941. During the war years Sutherland was involve in many projects including the testing of the efficiency of gas masks against zinc arsenide. In 1947 he moved to London to work at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and returned to Australia and the CSIR in 1950. Eight years later Sutherland was appointed head of the newly formed CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Physical Chemistry. In 1959 he was appointed director of research in Sydney for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd, a position which he held until he retired in 1978. as part of this role Sutherland helped establish the David North Plant Research Centre in Brisbane and the CSR industrial research laboratory at Roseville, Sydney. He was also involved in the management of Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef and was honorary curator in the malacology department of the Australian Museum.

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1937
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1940
Career position - Trained civilians to deal with unexploded bombs
1941
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1941 - 1947
Career position - Head of the Physical Chemistry Section in the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Division of Industrial Chemistry
1947
Award - Davy-Faraday fellowship received and travelled to London
1948
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1948
Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1950
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London
1950 - 1958
Career position - Head of the Physical Chemistry Section in the CSIRO Division of Industrial Chemistry
1958 - 1959
Career position - Chief of the Division of Physical Chemistry at the CSIRO
1959 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1959 - 1978
Career position - Director of Research for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd.
November 1965 - October 1971
Career position - Member of the CSIRO Executive (part-time)
1966 - ?
Career position - Trustee of the Australian Museum
1972 - 1974
Career position - President of the Trustees of the Australian Museum
1974
Career position - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
1974
Career position - Founding member of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1975
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), New South Wales branch
1977
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1978
Life event - Retired
1978
Career position - President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)

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Books

  • Historical Directory of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, 1926-1976, CSIRO, Canberra, 1978, 101 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Miller, David Philip, 'Sutherland, Keith Leonard (1916-1980), Industrial Chemist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 347-348. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160415b.htm. Details

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