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Biographical entry Collins, George (1955 - 2014)

Born
20 June 1955
Died
15 November 2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Summary

George Collins was a physicist and materials engineer who joined Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in the plasma fusion program. This program was replaced by the plasma ion immersion implementation group (PI3), the work of which gained an international reputation. PI3 systems were sold world-wide. Collins became ANSTO Director, Materials and Engineering Sciences Division. and later Chief of Research. As the head of the CAST CRC Collins pursued industrially-related research in light metals. In 2012 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Collins served as President of Materials Australia, and on the executive of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He played key roles in forging closer links between ANSTO, CSIRO and DSTO, and in establishing the Defence Materials Technology Centre.

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1982
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
2002 - 2008
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
2008 - 2012
Career position - CEO, CRC for CAST Metals Manufacturing, University of Queensland
2009 - 2011
Career position - President, Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia (Materials Australia)
2012 - 2014
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, Swinburne University of Technology
2015
Award - Award – AINSE Gold Medal (posthumous), Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

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  • Robinson, Rob, Short, Ken and Cheetham, Andrew, 'Professor George Collins 20 June 1955 - 15 November 2014', Australian Physics, vol. 52, no. 2, 2015, p. 69. Details

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