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Biographical entry Batterham, Robin John (1941 - )

AO, FAA, FTSE, FREng, FNAE, FAusIMM, FIChemE, FISS, FAIM, FAICD, FIEAust

Born
3 April 1941
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Chemical engineer and Mining engineer

Summary

Robin Batterham was appointed Chief Scientist of the Commonwealth of Australia in May 1999. He was re-appointed to the position in 2002, after the initial tenure expired. He has also been Managing Director of Research and Technology Support, Comalco and Chief Technologists, Rio Tinto Limited since 1999 (December). Batterham is a director of many boards and associations and has lectured widely throughout Australia and overseas.

Details

After completing his PhD at Melbourne University, Robin Batterham took up a postdoctoral position with ICI Central Research Laboratories in England. He returned to Australia and was employed as a research scientist by CSIRO (Division of Mineral and Process Engineering. By 1985 he had become Chief of that Division. Three years later he left CSIRO to join CRA, then Rio Tinto in 1995. He has been Chief Scientist of Australia since 1999.

Events

1968 - 1970
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at ICI Central Research Laboratories, UK
1969
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1970 - 1988
Career position - Research Scientist, Chief Scientist then Division Chief of the Division of Mineral Engineering (later the Division of Mineral and Processing Engineering) at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1988 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1988 - 1995
Career position - Vice-President of the Resource & Processing Developments of CRA
1989 - 1993
Career position - President of the International Mineral Processing Congress
1992
Award - Esso Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering received
1995 - 1999
Career position - Managing Director of Research and Technology at Rio Tinto Ltd. (formerly CRA Ltd.)
1996
Award - Kernot Medal received from the University of Melbourne
1997 -
Career position - Member of the Cooperative Research Centres Main Committee
1997 -
Career position - Board member of AMDEL
1999 -
Career position - Chief Scientist of Australia
December 1999
Career position - Chief Technologist at Rio Tinto Ltd.
2000 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)

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