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Biographical entry Priestley, Anthony John (Tony) (1946 - )

Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Chemical engineer and Water supply expert


Tony Priestley is a leading expert in water supply quality and water treatment technologies.

He began his career developing as part of a CSIRO team pioneering SIROFLOC water clarification system which led him to specialise in the area of urban water supply improvement.

In 1995 Priestley initiated and succeeded in a bid to establish the first Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality & Treatment, which operated from 1995 to 2008.

Priestley retired from the CSIRO in 2010 and returned as an Honorary Fellow to pursue his research into repurposing wastewater and other ways to achieve sustainable urban water supplies.



Education - Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honours, The University of Queensland
1968 - 1973
Education - PhD scholarship at Monash University
1971 - 1974
Career event - Collaborated on the development of the SIROFLOC water clarification system
1971 - c. 1974
Career position - Quality control engineer, Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd
Award - Humphreys & Glasgow Medal and Prize
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (jointly with SIROFLOC team)
Award - Ian Clunies Ross National Science & Technology Award
1995 - 2008
Career position - Deputy CEO at The CRC for Water Quality & Treatment
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (jointly with the MIEX team)
Career event - Retired from the CSIRO

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