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Biographical entry Pugsley, Albert Tonkin (1910 - 2002)


11 March 1910
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
6 November 2002
Geneticist and Plant breeder


Albert Pugsley was Director of the Agricultural Research Centre in Wagga Wagga from 1953 until his retirement in 1975. He developed and bred a number of wheat varieties adapted for different climates. Pugsley later accepted an honorary appointment as Senior Associate in Plant sciences at the University of Melbourne, which he held from 1978-1986.


Educated Scotch College, University of Melbourne (BAgrSci 1931, DSc, DAgeSc(Hon))


1931 - 1939
Career position - Plant Pathologist at the Victorian Department of Agriculture
1939 - 1953
Career position - Plant Geneticist at the Waite Agricultural Institute
1953 - 1975
Career position - Director of the Agricultural Research Institute in Wagga Wagga
1978 - 1986
Career position - Senior Associate in Plant Sciences at the University of Melbourne
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Pugsley, Eleanor and Ian, 'Obituary: Dr Albert Tonkin Pugsleu, AM, Geneticist and Plant Breader', The Age, 2 December 2002. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • McIntosh, R. A. and Smith-White, S., 'Irvine Armstrong Watson 1914-1986', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 4, 1989, pp. 405-415. Details

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