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Biographical entry Oldroyd, David Roger (1936 - 2014)

Born
20 January 1936
Luton, United Kingdom
Died
7 November 2014
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Science historian

Summary

David Oldroyd was an historian of science whose expertise in the history of geology was recognised world-wide. He taught in schools in the United Kingdom and New Zealand before coming to Australia to join the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of New South Wales. Oldroyd was a prolific writer and book reviewer in his field, and was editor or served on the editorial board of a number of journals. He was active in Australian and international history of science societies.

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Events

1958
Education - BSc, Cambridge
1962
Life event - Migrated to New Zealand
1966 - 1969
Career position - Chemistry Master, Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand
1969
Life event - Moved to Australia
1969 - 1976
Career position - Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales
1974
Education - PhD, University of New South Wales?
1975 - 1981
Career position - Member, National Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science, Australian Academy of Science
1976 - 1985
Career position - Senior Lecturer, History and Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales
1984 - 1985
Career position - Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Concordia University, Montreal
1986 - 1991
Career position - Associate Professor, History and Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales
1990 - 1994
Career position - Member, National Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science, Australian Academy of Science
1990 - 2014
Career position - Member, History of Earth Sciences Society
1993 - 1995
Career position - President, Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
1993 - 2014
Career position - Fellow of the Geological Society, London
1994
Award - Sue Tyler Friedman Medal for the History of Geology, Geological Society of London
1994 - 2014
Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of Humanities
1995
Career position - Professor, School of Science and Technical Studies, University of New South Wales
1996
Life event - Retired
1996 - 2004
Career position - Secretary-General, International Commission for the History of Geological Sciences
1996 - 2104
Career position - Honorary Professor, School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales
1999
Award - History of Geology Award, Geological Society of America
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of the history of science
2004 - 2014
Career position - Vice-President, International Commission for the History of Geological Sciences
2008 - 2013
Career position - Editor, Earth Sciences History
2008 - 2014
Career position - Member, International Academy for the History of Science
2014
Award - Vallance Medal, Earth Sciences History Group, Geological Society of Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Branagan, David, 'David Oldroyd (1936-2014)', Earth Sciences History, vol. 34, no. 1, 2015, pp. 152-4. Details
  • Grigelis, Algimantas, 'David Oldroyd - outstanding historian of geological sciences', Geologijos Akirańćiai/Geological Horizons, vol. 1, 2015, pp. 25-32. Details
  • Zhang, Jiuchen, 'INHIGEO and the research on the history of geology: an interview with David Oldroyd, Oslo, Norway, 7-8 August 2008', INHIGEO Newsletter, vol. 41, no. 2008, 2009, pp. 25-37. Details

Online Resources

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