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Biographical entry Teakle, Laurence John Hartley (Hartley) (1901 - 1979)


2 August 1901
Hawker, South Australia, Australia
8 December 1979
Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia
Soil scientist


Hartley Teakle was a soil scientist whose expertise was in plant nutrition. For nearly 20 years he conducted soil surveys throughout Western Australia, particularly in the wheatbelts and other agricultural land. His focus was on salinity and the trace elements copper, manganese and zinc, as well as phosphate requirements of crops. His 1938 Presidential Address to the Royal Society of Western Australia on Western Australian soils and their properties served as the benchmark for all subsequent work. In 1947 he became Professor of Agriculture at the University of Queensland and continued to promote research into problems affecting the agricultural and pastoral industries. Teakle served as President of the Australian Society of Soil Science which, in 2010, inaugurated the L. J. H. Teakle Award. With R. A. Boyle he published Fertilizers for the Farm and Garden, 1958).



Career position - Agricultural Advisor, Western Australian Department of Agriculture
Education - BAgSc, University of Western Australia
Education - MS, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
Education - PhD, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
1928 - 1946
Career position - Research Officer, Western Australian Department of Agriculture
Career position - Associate, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1929 - 1943
Career position - Member of Council. Royal Society of Western Australia
1937 - 1938
Career position - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1946 - 1947
Career position - Western Australian Commissioner for Soil Conservation
1947 - 1963
Career position - Professor of Agriculture, University of Queensland
Award - Farrer Memorial Medal, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1955 - 1957
Career position - Inaugural President, Australian Society of Soil Science
1957 - 1963
Career position - Chairman, Queensland Wheat Industry Research Committee
1960 - 1962
Career position - President, Professorial Board, University of Queensland
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1964 - 1970
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland
Award - Honorary LLD, University of Queensland
Career position - Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland
Life event - Retired
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1971 - 1979
Award - Honorary Life Member, Royal Society of Western Australia

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Book Sections

  • Loneragan, Jack F., 'Teakle, Laurence John Hartley (1901-1979), Professor of Agriculture' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, eds, vol. 16 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002), p. 371. Details

Journal Articles

  • B., G. H., 'Obituary: Laurence John Hartley Teakle (1901 - 1979)', Journal of Royal Society of Western Australia, 63 (1980), 63. Details


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