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Biographical entry Fildes, Joyce Eleanor (1921 - 2013)

OAM

Born
20 May 1921
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
15 November 2013
Occupation
Analytical chemist

Summary

Joyce Fildes established the Microanalytical Service at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, which served all the medical researchers at the School. Her work involved research into the chemical action of drugs, such as anti-malaria drugs and anti-bacterial immunosuppressant drugs to help in surgical grafting. Fildes studied the use of additive reagents in organic elemental combustion and improved the Kjeldahl sealed tube procedure for nitrogen determination. She also adapted and improved methods in commercial analysers based on gas chromatographic determinations of C, H, and N. Fildes was active in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, serving as Chairman of the Analytic Division.

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1942
Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1942 - 1944
Career position - Research Assistant, Organic Chemistry Department, University of Sydney
1944 - 1950
Career position - Microanalyst, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1950 - 1956
Career position - Microanalyst, Department of Medical Chemistry, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
1953
Education - MSc, Birmingham University, United Kingdom
1956
Education - PhD, Birmingham University, United Kingdom
1956 - 1961
Career position - Research Fellow in Medical Chemistry, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
1961 - 1982
Career position - Fellow (Microanalyst) , John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
1975
Career position - Chairman, Canberra Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1977 - 1983
Career position - Vice-Chairman (later Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman), Royal Australian Chemical Institute Analytic Division
1980
Career position - Member, Executive Council, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1982
Life event - Retired
2000
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community, in particular services to women

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Journal Articles

  • Dunne, Trudy, Bergman, Reet and Armarego, Wilfred L. F., 'Joyce Eleanor Fildes, Medal of the Order of Australia, leading microanalyst', Chemistry in Australia, May 2014, 2014, p. 29. Details
  • Dunne, Trudy, Bergman, Reet and Armarego, Wilfred L. F., 'Joyce Eleanor Fildes OAM: Leading Microanalyst', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 2014, May, 2014, p. 39. Details

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