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Biographical entry Melrose, Donald Blair (1940 - )

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Born
13 September 1940
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Astrophysicist

Summary

Donald Melrose was Director of the Special Research Centre in Astrophysics and Professor of Physics (theoretical) at the University of Sydney. His research interests include plasma processes in astrophysics and geophysics, quantum electrodynamics and nonlinear plasma processes. Melrose has published widely in all three fields. Prior to his University of Sydney appointments Melrose worked at numerous international institutes including the University of Maryland's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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1958
Education - Undergraduate studies started at the University of Western Australia
1959 - 1962
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Tasmania
1962
Award - Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania
1965
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at Oxford University, UK
1965 - 1966
Career position - Research Fellow in Physics at the University of Sussex, UK
1966 - 1968
Career position - Research Associate in Physics at Belfer Graduate School of Sciences, Yeshiva University, New York, USA
1968 - 1969
Career position - Research Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland, USA
1968 - 1984
Career position - Member of the American Astronomical Society
1969 - 1978
Career position - Reader in Theoretical Physics at Australian National University
1974
Award - Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science
1979 -
Career position - Professor of (theoretical) Physics at the University of Sydney
1979 - 1984
Career position - Member then Chairman (from 1980) of the National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
1979 - 1984
Career position - Chair, Advisory Committee, Australian journal of physics
1982 - 1985
Career position - Member, Organizing Committee, Commission 10, International Astronomical Union
1985 - 1988
Career position - Inaugural Chairman of the Sydney Association for Astrophysics
1986 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1986
Award - Walter Boas Medal received from the Australian Institute of Physics
1986
Award - Pawsey Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1987
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1988
Award - Harrie Massey Medal and Lecture, Australian Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics, United Kingdom
1990 -
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow at the Australia Telescope National Facility
1991 - 1999
Career position - Director, ARC Research Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics (Special Research Centre in Astrophysics), University of Sydney
1992 - 2006
Career position - Associate Editor, Journal of plasma physics
1994 - 1997
Career position - Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Australia Telescope National Facility
1994 - 1998
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia
1996 - 2002
Career position - Secretary, Commission C19 (Astrophysics), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUAPA)
1998 - 2001
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1999 - 2000
Career position - Chair, Panel A6 (Physics and Mathematics), Australian Research Council
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in theoretical astrophysics
2001 - 2002
Career position - Head, School of Physics, University of Sydney
2003 - 2006
Career position - President, Commission 10, International Astronomical Union
2003 - 2007
Award - ARC Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney
2004
Award - Ellery Medal, Astronomical Society of Australia
2006 - 2009
Career position - President, Division II, International Astronomical Union
2011 -
Career position - Chair, Sectional Committee 2, Australian Academy of Science
2013
Award - Moyal Medal, Department of Mathematics, Macquarie University
2015 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney
2016
Award - S. Chandrasekhar Prize, Division of Plasma Physics, Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)

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  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1996), 243 pp. Details

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  • Robson, Alexandra K., Production Manager and Editor, Who's who in Australia 2019 (Southbank, Vic.: AAP Directories, 2018), 1788 pp. Details

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