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Biographical entry Rickards, Rodney Warren (1934 - 2007)


30 June 1934
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
16 December 2007
Organic chemist


Rodney Rickards was with the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University from 1966-2000, retiring as a Professor. His main research interests were integrated synthetic, biosynthetic, biomimetic and structural studies of compounds of medical and biological importance, ranging from antibiotics to microbial control factors and mammalian hormones of the prostaglandin group.


Born Manly, New South Wales, 30 June 1934. Educated University of Sydney (BSc (hons) 1955). Teaching Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney 1956; CSIRO Overseas Studentship, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester 1956-58; Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester 1958-61, Lecturer 1961-66; Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University 1966-67, Senior Fellow 1967-68, Professorial Fellow 1968-ca 1995; Professor ca 1995-2000; Emeritus Professor 2000- . Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1968; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1981; H.G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1982.

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  • Mander, Lewis N. and Bennett, Martin A., 'Rodney Warren Rickards 1934-2007', Historical Records of AustralianScience, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 229-45. Details
  • Rickards, Rodney W. and Cornforth, John, Sir, 'Arthur John Birch 1915-1995', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 18, no. 2, 2007, pp. 243-280. Details

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