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Biographical entry Farrands, John Laws (1921 - 1996)


11 March 1921
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
14 July 1996
Physicist and Engineer


John Farrands worked mainly as a defence scientist, including Chief Defence Scientist 1971-1977. He completed his career as Head of the Department of Science and its successors, Department of Science and Environment and Department of Science and Technology 1977-1982.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1942 - 1946
Career position - AIF Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1946 - 1956
Career position - Research Scientist at the Defence Science Laboratories
Education - Diploma (DIC) completed at Imperial College in London
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London
1956 - 1961
Career position - Scientific Adviser for the Australian Military Board
1961 - 1964
Career position - Assistant Controller of Research and Development at the Department of Supply
1964 - 1967
Career position - Superintendent of Research at the Defence Science Laboratories
1967 - 1971
Career position - Chief Superintendent of the Aeronautical Research Laboratory
1971 - 1977
Career position - Chief Defence Scientist
1977 - 1982
Career position - Head of the Department of Science (later Science and Environment, then Science and Technology)
1978 - 1982
Career position - Director of Interscan
Award - Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
1982 - 1990
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne

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  • Farrands, J. L. and Wisdom, J. C., 'Defence Science and Technology', in R. T. Madigan (ed.), Technology in Australia 1788-1988: A Condensed History of Australian Technological Innovation and Adaptation During the First Two Hundred Years, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne, 1988. Details

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Rosanne Walker