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Biographical entry McArthur, Alan Grant (1923 - 1978)

21 July 1923
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
9 November 1978
Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Alan McArthur was an expert in bushfire research. He devised systems for the forecasting of fire-hazard conditions which have been adopted world-wide, and improved controlled burning practices. McArthur was regularly asked to give advice during bushfire inquiries and at international conferences.



1941 -
Career position - Joined the Forestry Commission of New South Wales
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Education - Diploma in Forestry completed at the Australian Forestry School in Canberra
1951 - 1953
Career position - Fire control officer of the Snowy Mountains area
1953 - 1970
Career position - Fire Researcher with the Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau in Canberra
1970 - 1975
Career position - Director of the Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau's Forest Research Institute
1975 - 1978
Career position - Principal Research officer at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Division of Forest Research

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  • 'Obituary: McArthur, Alan Grant', Australian Forestry, vol. 41, 1978. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.