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Biographical entry Appleton, Trevor (1944 - 2013)

OAM

Born
8 November 1944
Died
13 June 2013
Occupation
Academic and Chemist

Summary

Trevor Appleton was a leader in research into the synthesis and nuclear magnetic resonance studies of platinum-containing complexes. During his post-doctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario he wrote, with Leo Manzer, a review of the 'trans influence' of platinum chemistry which became the seminal paper on the subject. On returning to Australia Appleton joined the staff of the Research School of Chemistry at ANU and in 1974 joined the University of Queensland from which he retired as Associate Professor. For many years he was Assistant Director of Studies for the Faculty of Science. Appleton published extensively, and his work with others led to the development of a new generation of platinum anticancer drugs. He was actively involved in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, both in the Queensland Branch and at a national level for over 30 years, including being the National Coordinator of the National Chemical Analysis (Titration) Competition for schools.

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1964
Award - Edward Taylor Prize, University of Queensland
1966
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
1966
Award - CSR Prize, University of Queensland
1970
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1974
Career event - Senior Tutor, University of Queensland
2009
Award - Distinguished Fellowship for highly distinguished contributions to the profession in academia, government or industry and Royal Australian Chemical Institute, RACI
2009
Life event - Retired as Associate Professor, University of Queensland
2013
Award - Honorary Life Membership, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2014
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to education through the teaching and promotion of chemistry

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Journal Articles

  • Gahan, Lawrence, Berners-Price, Sue and Meaney, Ruth, 'Trevor Appleton, Teacher and Mentor', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 81, no. 1, 2014, p. 26. Details

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