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Biographical entry Bergersen, Fraser John (1929 - 2012)

AO, FRS, FAA

Born
26 May 1929
Hamilton, New Zealand
Died
3 October 2012
Occupation
Plant biochemist

Summary

Fraser Bergersen, a highly regarded plant scientist, specialised in legume nutrition. He spent much of his working life with the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant industry in Canberra where he was leader of the Rhizobium Research Group (1964-1977), Chairman of the Microbiology Section (1966-1977) and Program Leader of the Nitrogen in Agriculture Project from 1979 to 1985. Bergersen was also involved in a number of national and international societies, holding several key positions.

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1952
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand
1952 - 1954
Career position - Researcher in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Otago
1954
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Otago
1954 - 1972
Career position - Research Officer at the Division of Plant Industry at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Canberra
1958 - 1959
Career position - Research Associate in the Bacteriology Department at the University of Wisconsin, USA
1962
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of New Zealand
1972 - 1994
Career position - Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1981 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1985 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1987 - 1993
Career position - Council member of the Australian Academy of Science
1989 - 1993
Career position - Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science
1993 -
Career position - Australian correspondent of the Council of the Royal Society, London
1994 -
Career position - Visiting Fellow in the Division of Life Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra
1994 -
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
2000
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Fraser John Bergersen - Records, 1952 - 1996, MS 197; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Bergersen, F. J., 'Research on Biological Nitrogen Fixation in CSIRO Plant Industry, 1952-1998', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 3, 2001, pp. 255-300. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR0011330255.htm. Details
  • Brockwell, John, Sprent, Janet I. and Day, David A., 'Fraser John Bergersen AM FAA. 26 May 1929 - 3 October 2011', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows: Royal Society of London, vol. 59, 2013, pp. 33-58. Details
  • Brockwell, John, Sprent, Janet I. and Day, David A., 'Fraser John Bergersen 1929-2011', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 53-79. Details

Online Resources

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