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Biographical entry Myers, Sir Rupert Horace (1921 - )

CBE, KBE, AO, FIEAust, FTSE, FAA, FRACI, FIMMA, FAIM, FAICD, FAusIMM

Born
21 February 1921
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Summary

(Sir) Rupert Horace Myers was the Foundation Professor of Metallurgy at the University of New South Wales and the University's Vice-chancellor from 1969-1981. Throughout his illustrious career he has held numerous appointments, often consecutive, including Chairman of the Co-operative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was a member of the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council. In total, Sir Myers has been director or chairman of over twenty boards and foundations and president, councillor or member on at least another twelve occasions. He was the first person in Australia to receive a Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne, 1948) and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1981. The University of New South Wales has a building and lecture hall named in his honour.

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1941 - 1942
Career position - Private in the Melbourne University Regiment of the Australian Army
1942
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1942 - 1948
Career position - Commonwealth Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
1943
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1945 - 1948
Career position - Honorary Secretary of the Australian Institute of Metals, Victorian branch
1947
Award - Grimwade Prize received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1948
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1948 - 1952
Career position - Senior then Principal Research Officer at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Hartwell, UK
1950 - 1952
Career position - Deputy Chief of the Metallurgy Division of the Atomic Research Establishment
1952 - 1964
Career position - Head of the School of Metallurgy at the University of New South Wales
1952 - 1965
Career position - Councillor of the Australian Institute of Metals, New South Wales branch
1952 - 1965
Career position - Councillor of the Australian Institute of Metals
1952 - 1981
Career position - Professor of Metallurgy at the University of New South Wales
1952 - 1981
Career position - Foundation Professor of Metallurgy at the University of New South Wales
1957 - 1961
Career position - Dean and Chairman of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of New South Wales
1958 - 1961
Career position - Vice-President then President of the Australian Institute of Metals, New South Wales branch
1959 - 1970
Career position - Chairman of the Overseas Membership Advisory Panel of the Institution of Metallurgists (London)
1961 - 1963
Career position - Vice-President the President of the Australian Institute of Metals
1961 - 1969
Career position - Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales
1964 - 1969
Career position - Chairman of the Institution of Metallurgists (London) - Australian Regions
1965
Award - Florence Taylor Medal received from the Australian Institute of Metals
1966 - 1983
Career position - Director of the Prince Henry, Prince of Wales and Eastern Suburbs Hospitals, New South Wales
1969 - 1981
Career position - Vice-Chancellor and Principal the University of New South Wales
1969 - 1981
Career position - Director and Deputy Chairman of Unisearch Limited
1971 - 1989
Career position - Chairman of the New South Wales State Pollution Control Commission
1973
Education - Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) received from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland
1976
Education - Doctor of Science honoris causa (Hon DSc) received from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales
1976
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1976 - 1979
Career position - Vice-Chairman (1976-1977) then Chairman of the Australian Vice-chancellors' Committee
1979 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1981 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Metallurgy at the University of New South Wales
1981
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1981
Education - Doctor of Letters honoris causa (Hon DLitt) received from the University of New South Wales
1981
Education - Doctor of Engineering honoris causa (Hon Deng) received from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales
1981 - 1993
Career position - Director of CSR Limited
1982 -
Career position - Director of Energy Resources of Australia Limited
1982 - 1985
Career position - Chairman of the New South Wales Coastal Council
1982 - 1994
Career position - Council member of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1983
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Metals and Materials Australia (FIMMA)
1984 - 1992
Career position - Director of Earthwatch Australia Limited
1985 - 1988
Career position - Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1987 - 1991
Career position - Director of IBM Australia Limited
1989 - 1993
Career position - Chairman of Unisearch Limited
1989 - 1994
Career position - President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1991
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust)
1995
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1997 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government

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