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Biographical entry Sargeson, Alan McLeod (1930 - 2008)


13 October 1930
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
29 December 2008
Inorganic chemist


Alan Sargeson began working at the Australian National University in 1958 and was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Research School of Chemistry 1978-1995. His areas of interest included the synthesis, mechanism and biological aspects of inorganic chemistry.


Born Armidale, New South Wales, 13 October 1930. Educated University of Sydney (BSc 1952, DipEd 1955, PhD 1956). Part-time Lecturer, New South Wales University of Technology 1955; Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide 1956-57; Research Fellow, John Curtin School of Medical Research 1958-60; Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University 1960-67, Senior Fellow 1967-68, Professorial Fellow 1968-78, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry 1978-95, University Fellow and Emeritus Professor 1996- . Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1972; Inaugural Burrows Award for Inorganic Chemistry, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1975; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1976; Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Science 1976; H.G. Smith Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1978; American Chemical Society Award for Inorganic Chemistry 1980; Bailar Medal, University of Illinois 1980; Fellow, Royal Society 1983; Nyholm Medal, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK 1983; Dwyer Medal, University of New South Wales 1985; Centenary Medal, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK 1992; Sammet Award, University of Frankfurt 1995; Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences 1996; International Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry 1996. Chairman, IUPAC Commission on Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry 1989-97.

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  • Bosnich, B., 'Alan McLeod Sargeson 1930-2008', Historical records of Australian science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 246-76. Details
  • Danks, D.; Duffield, A.; Sargeson, A., 'Berthold Halpern 1923-1980', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 5, no. 4, 1983, pp. 72-81. Also available at Details

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