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Biographical entry Wardrop, Alan Buchanan (1921 - 2003)

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Born
28 July 1921
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died
20 May 2003
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Alan Buchanan Wardrop was Professor of Botany at La Trobe University, Melbourne, 1966-ca 1986. He interests included the structure and formation of plant cell walls, and lignification. His skill with the electron microscope and with microspectrophotometry contributed much to our understanding of how plant cell walls form, elongate, thicken and differentiate, and of how these processes influence the technical properties of wood.

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1942
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Tasmania
1944
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Tasmania
1944 - 1945
Career position - Royal Australian Air Force air crew training
1947 - 1950
Career position - Research Scientist in the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Forest Products
1949
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Leeds, UK
1950 - 1953
Career position - Senior Research Scientist in the CSIRO Division of Forest Products
1952
Award - Edgeworth David Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1953 - 1956
Career position - Principal Research Scientist in the CSIRO Division of Forest Products
1957 - 1964
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist in the CSIRO Division of Forest Products
1958
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1959 - 1964
Career position - Research Scientist in charge of CSIRO Section of Wood and Fibre Structure
1964 - 1965
Career position - Professor of Botany at the University of Tasmania
1966 - c. 1986
Career position - Professor of Botany at La Trobe University
1976 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
c. 1986 - 2003
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Botany at La Trobe University

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Williamson, Richard E., Higgins, Huntly G. and Stone, Bruce A., 'Alan Buchanan Wardrop 1921-2003', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 2007, pp. 113-136. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Anderson, John, 'Obituary: Professor Alan Buchanan Wardrop, Pioneering Academic', The Age, 23 July 2003. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. & Walker, R.H.