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Biographical entry Penman, Frank (1905 - 1973)

20 March 1905
Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
22 March 1973
South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Agricultural chemist


Frank Penman was a chemist whose expertise was in hydrology and soils. After WWII, during which he was seconded to the Commonwealth Department of Munitions to work on explosives, he was involved in the identification of land suitable for irrigated cropping for the soldier settlement scheme in Victoria. After a brief term as Chief Irrigation Officer for the Victorian water supply and irrigation authority Penman became Research Officer for the CSIRO. In superintending the viticultural and citrus research at Merbein (Victoria) and Griffiths (N.S.W.) Penman worked closely with local producers, advising them on soil analysis, salinity, irrigation, drainage, plant nutrition, and chemicals. He later worked on irrigation policy research.



Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
Education - MSc, University of Melbourne
1927 - 1948
Career position - Research Chemist, Victorian Department of Agriculture
Award - Rennie Medal, Australian Chemical Institute
1940 - 1945
Career position - Seconded to the Commonwealth Department of Munitions
Career position - Fellow, Australian Chemical Institute
1948 - 1950
Career position - Deputy Chief Chemist, Victorian Department of Agriculture
Career position - Chief Irrigation Officer, Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission
1950 - 1961
Career position - (Chief) Research Officer, Commonwealth Research Station, Merbein, Victoria
1961 - 1970
Career position - Chief Research Officer, CSIRO, Melbourne
Life event - Retired

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