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Biographical entry Noakes, Lyndon Charles (1914 - 1990)

Born
9 March 1914
Epping, New South Wales, Australia
Died
29 June 1990
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

Lyndon Noakes was a geologist who was Director General of the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics for five years from 1974. His early career was as Assistant Geologist for the New Guinea Administration, for which undertook surveys in remote areas such as the Morobe and Sepik districts and Bougainville. With colleague N. Fisher he published the landmark Geological Reports on New Britain (1942). On joining the Commonwealth Mineral Resources Survey (later Bureau of Mineral Resources) Noakes was involved in mapping fieldwork of the Northern Territory. One of his significant achievements was the adoption of a suitable colour code for use in Australian geological maps. His contributions to geology on an international level include a term as British Commonwealth Geological Liaison Officer in London, and for the United Nations as special advisor on detrital mineral deposits (1967) and Chairman of the Technical Committee on Oceanography.

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1935
Education - BA, University of Sydney
1935 - 1941
Career position - Assistant Geologist, New Guinea Administration
1941 - 1944
Career position - Served as coastwatcher with the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles and Australian Imperial Forces
1944
Award - Legion of Merit, U.S.A.
1945 - 1959
Career position - Geologist, Commonwealth Mineral Resources Survey (later Bureau of Mineral Resources)
1945 - 1990
Career position - Member, Royal Society of New South Wales
1959 - 1967
Career position - Assistant Chief Geologist, Bureau of Mineral Resources
1961 - 1963
Career position - British Commonwealth Geological Liaison Officer, London
1963 - 1990
Career position - Fellow of the Geological Society, London
1967 - 1974
Career position - Assistant Director (Mineral Resources), Bureau of Mineral Resources
1974 - 1979
Career position - Chairman, Technical Committee on Oceanography, United Nations Development Program
1974 - 1979
Career position - Director General, Commonwealth Bureau of Mineral Resources
1977
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1979
Life event - Retired
1979 - 1988
Career position - Director, Cluff Oil (Australia) N.L.
1980 -
Career position - Senior consultant, United Nations Development Program

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Branagan, D. F., 'Noakes, Lyndon Charles (1914-1990), Geologist, Coast Watcher and Public Servant', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, 2012, pp. 223-4. Details

Journal Articles

  • R., E. O., 'Lyndon Charles Noakes', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 124, 1991, p. 86. Details

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