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Biographical entry Bear, Isabel Joy (1927 - )

AM, FRACI

Born
4 January 1927
Camperdown, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Mineral chemist

Summary

Isabel Bear discovered a number of previously unknown metastable zirconium sulfate hydrates while working at the CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry in the early 1960s. In 1967 Bear was promoted to the research staff of the division, notably she was the first and only woman to be appointed to research ranks of the Division of Mineral Chemistry. Bear was appointed Member of the Order of Australia, 26 January 1986, for services to science, particularly in the field of mineral chemistry. In 1988 she was the first woman to be awarded the Leighton Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Bear co-authored Alumina to Zirconia: The History of the CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry. In 2005 Bear was part of a team compiling the history of the CSIRO Division of Chemical Engineering.

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Events

1944 - 1950
Career position - Junior Laboratory Assistant in the minerals utilization section of the Division of Industrial Chemistry at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)/CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1950 - 1951
Career position - Experimental Scientist at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, UK
1951 - 1953
Career position - Research Assistant at Birmingham University, UK
1953 - 1959
Career position - Experimental Officer in the Minerals Utilization Section of the Division of Industrial Chemistry at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1959 - 1967
Career position - Experimental Officer at the Division of Mineral Chemistry at CSIRO
1967
Career position - Senior Research Scientist at the Division of Mineral Chemistry at CSIRO
1972
Career position - Principal Research Scientist in the Division of Mineral Chemistry at CSIRO
1979 - 1992
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Division of Mineral Chemistry at CSIRO
1986
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
1988
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1992
Life event - Retired
1992 - 1997
Career position - Honorary Fellow of the Division of Minerals, CSIRO
2001
Career position - Alumina to Zirconia (with Tom Biegler and Tom Scott) published by CSIRO
2005
Award - Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bear, I. J.; Beigler, T; Scott, T. R., Alumina to zirconia: the history of CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry, CSIRO Minerals, Clayton, Victoria, 2001, 426 pp. Details

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See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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