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Biographical entry Packham, David Roy (1939 - )

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Born
23 May 1939
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

David Roy Packham and Peet (qv) developed an aerial ignition system in 1966 for controlled burning in forests, using a fixed-wing aircraft flying a grid pattern and dropping special incendiary devices at predetermined points. The incendiary devices were small polystyrene tubes containing solid potassium permanganate into which ethylene glycol was injected mechanically just before dropping.

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1962 - 1981
Career position - Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1964
Education - Diploma of Applied Chemistry (DipAppChem) completed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1973
Education - Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) completed at Victoria Institute of Colleges
1981 - 1985
Career position - Director of the National Rural Fire Research Centre at Chisholm Institute
1985 - 1987
Career position - Deputy Director of the Department of Defence at the Australian Counter Disaster College
1987 -
Career position - Supervisor of the Rural Fire Weather Services at the Bureau of Meteorology

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Rosanne Walker