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Biographical entry Pittock, Albert (Barrie)

Occupation
Climatologist, Environmental scientist and Indigenous Rights Activist

Summary

Barrie Pittock has made significant contributions to Australian Society and the International Community in several ways. Between 1965 and his official retirement in 1999 Barrie Pittcock worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Aspendale Laboratory, a part of the Marine and Atmospheric Research division. In 1999 he became a CSIRO Honorary Fellow. In addition to this scientific work Barrie Pittock has been actively involved in Indigenous Land Rights activism and other social justice causes.

Details

Barrie Pittock's work at the Marine and Atmospheric Research Division included the measurement and study of the ozone, climate change, and the potential impact of smoke from nuclear war. He has published extensively on these topics and has served on multiple International panels on climate related issues. In 2007 he received a share in the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as a Principle Scientist on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Alongside his work on Climate Change Barrie Pittock is an active participant in Indigenous Rights. Beginning in the 1950s as an undergraduate student Barrie Pittock joined the ABSCHOL (Aboriginal Scholarship Scheme) at The University of Melbourne. He later travelled to the United States of America to complete postdoctoral work and with the intention of meeting with the American Indian Sociologist D'Arcy McNickle. He has been involved with the Council on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (FCAATSI) and the National Tribal Council. As a member of the Legislative Reform Committee of FCAATSI Barrie Pittock played a fundamental role in the 1968 national land rights campaign and legal case.

Events

1965 - 1999
Career position - Aspendale Laboratory, Marine and Atmospheric Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
1999
Award - Public Service Medal, Australian Government
1999 - 2017
Career position - Honorary Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • Barrie Pittock interviewed by Daniel Connell [sound recording], 27 February 2012 - 28 February 2012, ORAL TRC 6386; National Library of Australia. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Pittock, Barrie A, Toward a multi-racial society, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, Pymble, New South Wales. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Aborigines and land rights, Abschol, National Tribal Council Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Melbourne, Victoria, 1971. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Racism in Australia: an introductory perspective, Melbourne Australian Council of Churches, Melbourne, Victoria, 1971. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Aboriginal Land Rights, International Work Group for Indigenous Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1973. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Beyond white Australia : a short history of race relations in Australia, Rowley, Charles Dunford, Race Relations Committee of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, Surrey Hills, New South Wales, 1975. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Australian Aborigines : the common struggle for humanity, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1979. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Nuclear war: the threat to Australia, Victorian Association for Peace Studies, Fitzroy, Victoria, 1982. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Nuclear winter and the future of civilization, Bertrand Russell memorial lecture in philosophy and science no:8, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, 1985. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Beyond darkness: nuclear winter in Australia and New Zealand, Sun Books, Crows Nest, New South Wales, 1987. Details
  • Pittock, Barrie A, Climate change : the science, impacts and solutions, 2 edn, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Collingwood, Victoria, 2009. Details

Journal Articles

  • Pittock, Barrie A and Jones, Roger N., 'Adaption to What and Why?', Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, vol. 61, no. 1, 2000, pp. 9 - 35. Details

Reports

  • Pittock, Barrie A, Environmental consequences of nuclear war, Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) of the International Council of Scientific Unions, Chichester, England, 1989. Details

Online Resources

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