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Biographical entry Clarke, Adrienne Elizabeth (1938 - )

AO, AC, FAA, FTSE

Born
6 January 1938
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Adrienne Clarke is a world renowned plant geneticist and was Laureate Professor of Botany at the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre of the University of Melbourne until 31 December 2005. She remains on at the University in an honorary position and continues to work on many government and private boards / committees and is heavily involved with many national and international scientific bodies. Clarke is a scientist of firsts; she was the first female appointed Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, her team was the first to clone the gene (S gene) which regulates self-compatibility in plants and the first to clone the cDNA of an arabinogalactan protein (a class of plant proteoglycan). Throughout her career, Clarke has received many honours and awards including appointment as a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) and as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

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Events

1958
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1963
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1964
Career position - Research Fellow at the Institute of Dental Research at the United Dental Hospital of Sydney
January 1967 - June 1967
Career position - Visiting Instructor in Department of Endocrine Physiology at Baylor University in Houston, Texas
July 1967 - December 1967
Career position - Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Michigan
1968 - 1969
Career position - Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Auckland
1969 - 1973
Career position - Research Fellow of the Asthma Foundation in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne
1974
Career position - Research Fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1975 - 1977
Career position - Australian Research Grants Committee (ARGC) Research Fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1978
Career position - Lecturer in Botany at University of Melbourne
1979
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
1981
Career position - Reader in Botany at the University of Melbourne
1982 -
Career position - Personal Chair at the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1982 - 1999
Career position - Director of the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre at the University of Melbourne
1985 - 1999
Career position - Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1988 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1991 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1991
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1991 - 1996
Career position - Chairman of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1992
Award - ANZAAS Mueller Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
1994
Award - Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
1996 - 2000s
Career position - Director of WMC Ltd
1997 - 1998
Career position - President of the International Society for Plant molecular Biology
1997 - 2000
Career position - Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria
1999 - 2005
Career position - Laureate Professor at the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre
2001 - 2003
Career position - Ambassador for Biotechnology for Victoria
2004
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
2004
Award - President's Medal received from the Australian and New Zealand Society for Cellular and Developmental Biology

Personal Chair

Related Corporate Bodies

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Profiles, Australian women scientists, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1999, 191 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Laureate Professor Adrienne Clarke AC FAA FTSE to retire', School of Botany Newsletter, December 2005, The University of Melbourne, 2005, p. 4. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Handbook 2001, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Victoria, 2001, 271 pp. Details
  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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