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Biographical entry Underwood, Eric John (1905 - 1980)

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Born
7 September 1905
Harlington, Middlesex, England
Died
19 August 1980
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Agricultural scientist

Summary

Eric Underwood was Professor of Agriculture, University of Western Australia 1946-1970. He also served on the executive of the CSIRO 1966-1975. Much of his research was in the field of sheep nutrition and the causes of disease in stock, particularly in relation to soil deficiencies. With colleagues he identified the need to add trace elements such as cobalt to the diet of animals, and for programs for pasture improvement, including widespread planting of subterranean clover. His expertise was sought by the FAO on a number of occasions.

Details

Born 7 September 1905. Died 19 August 1980. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954, Fellow, Royal Society 1970.

Events

1928
Education - BSc, University of Western Australia
1928 - 1931
Career position - Hackett Research Student, University of Cambridge
1931
Education - DSc, University of Cambridge
1931 - 1936
Career position - Animal Nutrition Officer, Western Australian Department of Agriculture
1936 - 1938
Award - Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
1938 - 1945
Career position - Animal Nutrition Officer, Western Australian Department of Agriculture
1946 - 1959
Career position - Chairman, Tuberculosis Association of Western Australia
1946 - 1970
Career position - Hackett Professor of Agriculture and Director, Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia
1952
Award - Australian Institute of Agricultural Science Medal
1952
Career position - President, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1954 - 1980
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1956
Career position - President, National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis
1957 - 1958
Award - Carnegie Travelling Fellowship, U.S.A.
1958 - 1980
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1958 - 1980
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute Agricultural Science
1959
Award - Medal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
1963
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to agriculture, education and administration
1966 - 1975
Career position - Member of the Executive, CSIRO
1967
Award - Doctorate of Rural Science (honoris causa), University of New England
1967
Award - Farrer Memorial Medal, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1969
Award - DScAg (honoris causa), University of Western Australia
1970
Life event - Retired
1970 - 1980
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of London
1970 - 1980
Award - Fellow, Australian Society of Animal Production
1971 - 1980
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Western Australia
1973
Award - Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science
1973
Career position - President, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1973
Award - DAgSc (honoris causa), University of Melbourne
1975 - 1980
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1976
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for a contribution of exceptional merit to agricultural teaching, research and administration
1976
Award - ANZAAS Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1980
Award - DSc (honoris causa), University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
1980
Award - Fellow, Nutrition Society of Australia
1981
Award - Klaus Schwartz Commemorative Medal (posthumous)

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Archival resources

University of Western Australia, University Archives

  • Eric John Underwood - Records, 1929 - 1980; University of Western Australia, University Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Blaxter, Kenneth, 'Eric John Underwood 7 September 1905 - 19 August 1980', Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 27 (1981), 579-602. Details
  • Moir, R.J., 'Eric John Underwood 1905-1980', Historical Records of Australian Science, 13 (3) (2001), 343-350. Details
  • Schedvin, C. B., 'Environment, Economy and Australian Biology 1890-1939', Historical Studies, 21 (1984), 11-28. Details
  • Underwood, E. J., 'Hedley Ralph Marston', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 1 (2) (1967), 73-86. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9670120073.htm. Details

Resources

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_u.html. Details
  • Draper, W. J. ed., Who's who in Australia XXIIIrd edition 1980 (Melbourne: Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1980), 927 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn