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Biographical entry Trendall, Alec Francis (1928 - 2013)

Born
8 December 1928
Enfield, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Died
4 April 2013
Springhaven, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

Alec Trendall was a geologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia for 28 years, being Director 1980 - 1986. A major focus of his research was the Precambrian banded iron formations in the Hamersley region, work for which he gained international recognition. He recognised the need for accurate geochronological data on these formations, establishing a joint research program between the Survey and John de Laeter at the Western Australian Institute of Technology. Trendall produced a series of landmark publications on Western Australian geology including Geology and mineral resources of Western Australia (1990). He was active in professional organisations holding executive office in the Geological Society of Australia and the Royal Society of Western Australia. In retirement he continued his geochronology research and his collaboration with de Laeter. Trendall Crag in South Georgia was named in his honour in recognition of his role in the geological mapping of the island dating from the 1950s

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1949
Education - BSc, Imperial College, London
1951 - 1952
Career position - Member of South Georgia Survey team
1953 - 1954
Career position - Member of South Georgia Survey team
1954 - 1962
Career position - Geologist, Geological Survey of Uganda
1962
Life event - Migrated to Western Australia
1962 - 1970
Career position - Petrologist, Geological Survey of Western Australia
1963 - 1965
Career position - Secretary, Western Australian Division, Geological Society of Australia
1965 - 1969
Career position - Editor, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
1969
Award - Churchill Fellowship
1969 - 1971
Career position - President, Geological Society of Australia
1970 - 1980
Career position - Deputy Director, Geological Survey of Western Australia
1973 - 1974
Career position - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1977
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1979
Career position - Chairman, Organising Committee, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Conference, Perth
1980
Career position - Chair, Perth Branch, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1980 - 1986
Career position - Director, Geological Society of Western Australia
1986 - 1990
Career position - Principal Geologist, Geological Survey of Western Australia
1987
Award - Gibb Maitland Medal, Western Australian Division, Geological Society of Australia
1990
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Curtin University
1990
Life event - Retired

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  • Cockbain, Tony, 'Obituary - Alec Francis Trendall 1928 - 2013', Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, vol. 96, 2013, pp. 35-7. Details

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