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Biographical entry Figgis, Brian Norman (1930 - )

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Born
22 March 1930
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Brian Figgis was the inaugural Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Western Australia from 1969 to 2001. On several occasions he served terms as head or Dean of the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and the School of Chemistry at the University. His main area of research, for which he was internationally recognised, involved the use of diffraction methods to study chemical bonding.

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1952
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1956
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of New South Wales
1956 - 1957
Career position - Chief Chemist at MSS Recording Co. in Colnbrook, UK
1957 - 1958
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow at University College, London
1959 - 1962
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at University College, London
1961
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Texas, U.S.A.
1963 - 1969
Career position - Senior Lecturer (later Reader), Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Western Australia
1966
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Western Australia
1969 - 2001
Career position - Inaugural Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Western Australia
1970 - 1983
Career position - Member of the Air Pollution Control Council of Western Australia
1973 - 1975
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Western Australia
1974 - 1975
Career position - Head of the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
1974 - 1975
Career position - Chair of the School of Chemistry at the University of Western Australia
1982 - 1983
Career position - Chair of the School of Chemistry at the University of Western Australia
1985 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1986
Award - Walter Burfitt Prize received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1986
Award - Burrows Award, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1986
Award - Inorganic Award received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1987 - 1990
Career position - Member, Australian Research Council
1989 - 1990
Career position - Head of the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Western Australia
2001 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Western Australia
2001
Award - Centenary Medal or service to Australian society and science in the study of chemical bonding

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Journal Articles

  • Kepert, David, 'Brian N. Figgis', Australian journal of chemistry, 48 (1995), 693-5. Details

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See also

  • 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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