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Biographical entry Larkins, Francis Patrick (1942 - )

AM, FAA, FTSE, FAIP, FRACI, FAIE

Born
15 April 1942
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Francis Larkins is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the university he held prominent roles at both Monash University (Victoria) and the University of Tasmania. His research experience has been extensive, spanning topics in the fields of chemical physics, catalysis, coal chemistry, material and fuel science and he has (co)-authored over 200 publications. Larkins has also contributed to a great many areas outside of academia. He is presently Chair of both the National and International Synchrotron Scientific Advisory Committees and in the past has held similar and directorship roles in numerous other organisations. Only a few of these have been listed here. Throughout his career, Larkins has received many awards and honours including the Centenary Medal of Australia for services to science and education and was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the development of research policy in Australia and the promotion of science and technology at state and national levels, and to education. Francis Larkins is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Academy of Science, Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australian Institute of Energy and the Australian Institute of Physics.

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1962
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Melbourne
1962 - 1966
Career position - Tutor and Director of Studies at International House, University of Melbourne
1963
Education - Diploma in Education (DipEd) completed at the University of Melbourne
1963 - 1965
Career position - Lecturer and Tutor at Secondary Teachers' College
1966
Education - Bachelor of Education (Bed) completed at the University of Melbourne
1966
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1967
Education - Diploma of Advanced Mathematics (MSc) completed at the University of Oxford, UK
1969
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)
1973 - 1982
Career position - Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Monash University in Clayton
1982
Career position - Reader in Chemistry at Monash University
1983 - 1988
Career position - Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania
1983 - 1990
Career position - Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania
1983 - 1990
Career position - Member of the National Energy Research Development and Demonstration Council (NERDCC)
1987
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1987 - 1988
Career position - Vice-President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Tasmanian branch
1988 - 1990
Career position - Member of the Royal Society of Tasmania
1989 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1989 - 1990
Career position - Academic Director of Research at the University of Tasmania
1989 - 1990
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Tasmanian branch
1990
Career position - Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Chemical Research Centre (University of Tasmania?)
1990
Career position - Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania
1990 - 1997
Career position - Director of Unimelb Limited
1990 - 2005
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Melbourne
1990 - 2005
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Resources at the University of Melbourne
1991
Career position - Vice-President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1991 - 1992
Career position - Director of the Australian Computing and Communications Institute
1991 - 2005
Career position - Member of the Board of Directors of the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine
1992
Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1992 - 1994
Career position - Alternate Director of the Centre for International Research in Communication and Information Technology (CIRCIT Ltd.)
1993 - 1994
Career position - Secretary of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Victorian branch
1993 - 1999
Career position - Councillor of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1994
Career position - Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1995 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1995
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1997 - 1998
Career position - Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne
1998 - 1999
Career position - Chairman and Director of Melbourne Information Technologies Ltd
2001 -
Career position - Councillor of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2001
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
2001 - 2004
Career position - Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2002 -
Career position - Chair of the National Synchrotron Scientific Advisory Committee
2002 -
Career position - Chair of the International Synchrotron Scientific Advisory Committee
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
2003 - 2005
Career position - Member of the Board of Directors of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
2004 - 2005
Career position - Chair of the Victorian Institute for Chemical Sciences Limited
2005 - 2006
Career position - Director of Oral Health Australia Pty Ltd

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Journal Articles

  • Godfrey, Peter D., Larkins, Francis P. and Swan, John D., 'Ronald Drayton Brown 1927-2008', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 21, 2010, pp. 191-220. Details

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