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Biographical entry Dadswell, Herbert Eric (1903 - 1964)

FRACI, FRSA

Born
5 March 1903
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
19 December 1964
East Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Timber Industry and Wood scientist

Summary

Herbert Eric Dadswell was Chief of the Division of Forest Products at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; formerly CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)) from 1960, having been employed there since 1929. He was a pioneer in the field of wood anatomy and Australia's foremost expert in eucalypt anatomy.

Throughout his career, Dadswell collected an impressive array of specimens. Today this collection is part of the H E Dadswell Memorial Wood Collection which is maintained by the CSIRO. It is the second largest collection of its type in the world, comprising of samples from 13 000 tree species which encompasses around 270 botanical families - from Acanthaceae to Zygophyllaceae. About 70% of the species represented are from Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, making the collection probably the world's most comprehensive for our region.

Herbert Dadswell lectured widely in the United States of America, was associated with many international organizations, was a foundation member of the Australian (and New Zealand) Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association and a long-term Fellow and office-bearer of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The University of Melbourne holds some of his records. A sub-set of approximately 230 wood samples from the Dadswell Memorial Wood Collection was donated to the University of Melbourne Creswick Campus Library in 2012.

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Events

1925
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1926
Award - Overseas research scholarship received from the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
1926 - 1929
Career position - Research student at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, USA
1927
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1929 - 1930
Career position - Researcher at the CSIR Division of Forest Products at the Australian Forestry School in Canberra
1930 - 1960
Career position - Researcher then Office- in-Charge of wood structure research at the CSIR Division of Forest Products in Melbourne
1931 - 1944
Career position - Associate of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1941
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1942 - 1943
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
1943 - 1945
Career position - Honorary General Secretary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1944 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
1947 - 1956
Career position - Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association of Wood Anatomists
1949
Career position - President of the Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Technology Association
1953
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal received
1954 - 1960
Career position - Assistant Chief of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Forest Products
1955
Career position - Walker-Ames Professor of Forestry at the University of Washington, USA
1960 -
Career position - Chief of the CSIRO Division of Forest Products
1961 -
Career position - RACI representative on the council of the National Association of Testing Authorities

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Herbert Eric Dadswell', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, vol. 32, no. 7, 1965, p. 159. Details
  • 'Obituary: Herbert Eric Dadswell', Australian Forestry, vol. 29, no. 1, 1965, p. 3. Details

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