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Biographical entry Lightfoot, Gerald (1877 - 1966)

FRSS

Born
3 May 1877
Walker, Northumberland, England
Died
1 June 1966
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Public servant and Science administrator

Summary

Gerald Lightfoot was Secretary of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) from 1926 to 1944. He also established their first scientific bibliographic reference service and was the founding editor of the Journal of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Prior to this, Lightfoot had worked with the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, the Advisory Council of Science and Industry and was Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Science and Industry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FRSS) in 1915.

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Events

1898
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
1902 - 1906
Career position - Called to the Bar of the Middle Temple, UK
1906
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Melbourne?)
1907 - 1916
Career position - Draftsman and Computer with the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics
1912
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
1914 - 1916
Career position - Lecturer in Economics and Industrial Law at the University of Melbourne
1915 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FRSS)
1916
Career position - Overseas trip with the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, USA and UK
August 1916 - c. September 1919
Career position - Secretary to the executive committee of the Advisory Council of Science and Industry
1920 -
Career position - Member of the Commonwealth Prickly Pear Board
c. 1921 - c. 1926
Career position - Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Science and Industry
1926 - 1944
Career position - Secretary of CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
1927 - 1930
Career position - Founding Editor of Journal of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1929
Career position - Visits to North America, Britain and Europe for CSIR
1937
Career position - Visits to North America, Britain and Europe for CSIR
c. 1942 - 1947
Career position - Retired, but kept on as a consultant to CSIR

Published resources

Books

  • Currie, George; Graham, John, The Origins of CSIRO: Science and the Commonwealth Government, 1901-1926, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1966, 203 pp. Details

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Online 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_l.html. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.