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Biographical entry Magee, Charles Joseph Patrick (1901 - 1989)

Born
17 November 1901
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Died
2 February 1989
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Agricultural scientist

Summary

Charles Magee was an agricultural scientist whose work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture on the causes of disease in agricultural crops had significant effect on control of those diseases and increase in crop yields. Much of his work was on viral diseases, particularly those spread by insect vectors and affecting bananas, potatoes, tomatoes and cauliflowers. His advice was often sought internationally on control of viral diseases especially those of bananas. In 1944 Magee became Chief Biologist for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture, later having charge of the Department's Biology and Chemical Research Institute at Rydalmere.

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1924
Career position - Assistant Biologist, Biology Branch, N.S.W. Department of Agriculture
1924
Education - Education - BAgSc, University of Sydney
1927
Education - Education - MSc, University of Wisconsin
1931 - 1940
Career position - Plant Pathologist, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1935
Career position - Foundation Member, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1939
Education - DScAg, University of Sydney
1940 - 1941
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1940 - 1944
Career position - Senior Biologist, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1944 - 1958
Career position - Chief Biologist and Head of Biology Branch, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1945
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Society of Dairy Technology
1946
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1947 - 1989
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
1948 - 1949
Career position - Council Member, Royal Society of New South Wales
1950 - 1951
Career position - Treasurer, Royal Society of New South Wales
1951 - 1952
Career position - President, Royal Society of New South Wales
1952
Career position - Member, Technical Advisory Committee, New South Wales Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Institute, Wagga Wagga
1952 - 1966
Career position - Chairman, Registration Advisory Committee (Biological Products), National Association of Testing Authorities
1953 - 1957
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Society of New South Wales
1958 - 1966
Career position - Chief Biologist and Chief of Division of Science Services, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1965 - 1989
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1966
Life event - Retired
1966 - 1976
Career position - Consulting Bacteriologist to Root Nodule Pty Ltd

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Atchison, John, 'Magee, Charles Joseph Patrick (1901-1989), Agricultural Scientist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 112-3. Details

Journal Articles

  • Butler, F. C., 'Charles Joseph Patrick Magee 1901-1989', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 122, no. 1/2, 1989, pp. 92-96. Details

See also

  • Fenner, Frank (ed.), History of Microbiology in Australia, Australian Society for Microbiology, Melbourne, 1990, 624 pp. Details

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