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Biographical entry Piper, Clarence Sherwood (1903 - 1988)

Jamestown, South Australia, Australia
Soil scientist


Clarence Sherwood Piper and G. Samuel (qv), in 1928, recorded the first trace element deficiency, that of manganese in the black soils on which oats were being grown near Mount Gambier in South Australia. At that stage he worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. By 1938 he was working for the Waite Agricultural Research Institute.


Born Jamestown, South Australia, 16 May 1903. Educated University of Adelaide (MSc, DSc). Officer-in-Charge, Soil Chemistry Section, CSIRO Division of Soils 1944-63. H.G. Smith Memorial Medal, Australian Chemical Institute 1946; Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia 1957. President, South Australian Branch, Australian Chemical Institute 1943-45; President, Royal Society of South Australia 1945-46.

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