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Biographical entry Beckwith, Athelstan Laurence Johnson (1930 - 2010)

FAA, FRS

Born
20 February 1930
Western Australia, Australia
Died
15 May 2010
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Athelstan Beckwith was professor of chemistry in the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University 1981-1995, moving from the University of Adelaide, where he had been professor of organic chemistry and head of department 1965-1980. His research focus was the physical organic chemistry of free radicals.

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1952
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Western Australia
1953 - 1954
Career position - Temporary Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Adelaide
1956
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) completed at the University of Oxford, UK
1957
Career position - Research Officer at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1958 - 1961
Career position - Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Adelaide
1960
Award - Rennie Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1962 - 1963
Career position - Senior Lecturer in organic chemistry at the University of Adelaide
1964
Career position - Reader in Organic Chemistry at the University of Adelaide
1965 - 1980
Career position - Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide
1971 - 1972
Career position - President of the South Australian Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1974
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1981
Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1981 - 1995
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra
1984 - 1985
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1989
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society, London
1992
Award - Organic Chemistry Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1993
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Royal Society of Chemistry
1997
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Athelstan Laurence Johnson Beckwith - Records, MS 226; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Rae, Ian D., 'Athelstan Laurence Johnson Beckwith OA FAA. 20 February 1930 - 15 May 2010', Biographical Memoirs Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 58, 2012, pp. 3-12. Details
  • Rae, Ian D., 'Athelstan Laurence Johnson Beckwith 1930-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 23, 2012, pp. 55-76. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.