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Biographical entry Bosworth, Richard Charles Leslie (1907 - 1964)

17 January 1907
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
24 March 1964
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Physical chemist


Richard Bosworth was Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of New South Wales 1957-1964. Earlier he had worked in research for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. 1938-1956 and was an 1851 Exhibition scholar at Cambridge University 1933-1938.


Born Adelaide, 17 January 1907. Died Sydney, 24 March 1964. Educated Universities of Adelaide (BSc 1928, MSc 1931, DSc 1938) and Cambridge (PhD 1935). 1851 Exhibition Scholar, Cambridge 1932-35; 1851 Exhibition Senior Scholar 1936-37; research chemist, Colonial Sugar Refining Company 1938-48, Manager, research department, 1948-57; Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and head of the physical chemistry department, University of New South Wales 1957-64. H.G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1952; Royal Society of New South Wales Medal 1958. Achieved a patent for a type of salicylic acid in 1952, jointly with Beverly Cortis-Jones. President, Royal Society of New South Wales 1951-52; president, New South Wales branch, British Society of Rheology, president, University of New South Wales Chemical Society 1958.

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  • Richard Charles Leslie Bosworth - Records, 1930 - 1964, CN 929; University of New South Wales Archives. Details

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