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Biographical entry Rose, Calvin Wyatt (1929 - )


27 November 1929
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Agricultural physicist


Calvin Rose was in the forefront of the application of advanced mathematics to soil conservation and management. Much of his research focused on soil hydrology, crop growth modelling, crop-atmosphere interaction and the influence of management on soil erosion. His innovative textbooks Agricultural physics (1966) and An introduction to the environmental physics of soil, water and watersheds (2004) each ran to multiple editions. As foundation Professor of Environmental Studies at Griffith University he developed the first undergraduate and postgraduate environmental school in Australia, with an interdisciplinary focus. Rose was instrumental in the establishment of Griffith EcoCentre which hosts visits by over 10,000 school students each year. He has been active in the Royal Society of Queensland, serving as President 1978 to 1079 and being conferred with Life Membership in 2016.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Education - BE, University of Sydney
1952 - 1953
Career position - Assistant Design Engineer, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation
1954 - 1963
Career position - Assistant (later Senior) Lecturer, Department of Physics, Makerere University College, Uganda
Education - PhD, University of London
1963 - 1973
Career position - Senior (later Principal) Research Scientist, Environmental Biology Group, CSIRO Division of Land Research
1969 - 1970
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and University of California
1973 - 1995
Career position - Foundation Professor and Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University
1978 - 1979
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
Career position - Visiting Professor, Texas A&M University and USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory
1989 - 1990
Career position - Inaugural Head, School of Environmental Engineering, Griffith University
1989 - 1995
Career position - Member, National Committee for the Environment, Australian Academy of Science
1990 - 1993
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University
1995 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Griffith University
Life event - Retired
Award - Doctor of the University honoris causa, Griffith University
Award - Doctor of Resource Management honoris causa, University of New England
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in environmental science and technology
2002 - 2003
Career position - Chairman, Management Advisory Committee, Griffith EcoCentre
Award - Norman Hudson Memorial Award, World Association of Soil and Water Conservation
2007 -
Career position - Member, Griffith EcoCentre Management Advisory Committee
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to education in the areas of soil and water conservation, and to the promotion of environmental science
2016 -
Award - Life Member, Royal Society of Queensland

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