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Biographical entry Durie, Robert, Arthur (Bob) (1926 - 2016)

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Born
14 April 1926
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
5 December 2016
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Energy scientist

Summary

Robert Durie was a leader in energy technology in Australia. For over 30 years he was involved in coal research, much of this time with CSIRO. Among his research publications was the seminal text The science of Victorian brown coal (1991). Durie was involved in a number of committees of inquiry into the energy sector in Australia. He was a founding member Australian Institute of Energy and the last Chairman of its predecessor, the Australian membership of the Institute of Fuel, United Kingdom. Durie represented Australia for many years on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) technical committees on coal and convened the ISO committee which developed the international classification system covering Australian and Gondwanan coals as well as those in Europe and North America.

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Events

1951 - 1953
Career position - Scientific Officer, Long Range Weapons Establishment, Commonwealth Department of Supply
1953 - 1954
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Coal Research
1954 - 1955
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural Resources Council, Canada
1956 - 1965
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Coal Research
1965 - 1967
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Coal Research
1967 - 1976
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry
1972
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Institute of Energy
1975 - 1976
Career position - National Chairman, Institute of Fuel, United Kingdom
1976 - 1977
Career position - Member Task Force on Energy, Institution of Engineers, Australia
1976 - 1978
Career position - Chief Research Scientist and Leader, Fuel Chemistry Section, CSIRO Division of Process Technology
1976 - 1987
Award - Chief Scientist, R. W. Miller and Co. Pty Ltd
1977 -
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Institute of Energy
1977 - 1983
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Institute of Energy
1978 - 1987
Career position - Member, National Committee on Fuels and Energy, Institution of Engineers, Australia
1979 - 1980
Career position - Member, Tasmanian Energy Advisory Council
1979 - 1981
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1980 - 1984
Career position - Member, New South Wales Science and Technology Council
1982 - 1988
Career position - Chairman, New South Wales Division, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
1983 - 1986
Career position - Member, National Energy Research Development and Demonstration Council
1983 - 1988
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1986 - 1993
Career position - Technical Representative for Australia, UN Economic Commission for Europe Coal Committee, Geneva
1987 -
Career position - Coal, energy and environment consultant
1987 -
Award - Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO Division of Energy Technology
1987
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
1988
Award - Baragwanath Award, Australian Institute of Energy
1989 - 1992
Career position - Member, New South Wales Chemical Industry Taskforce
1990 - 1993
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1991 - 1993
Career position - Member, New South Wales Environment Trust Research Committee
1992 -
Career position - Convenor, ISO Working Group on Coal Classification
1994 -
Career position - Technical Secretary, IAE Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Australian Consortium
1997 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in environmental science and technology

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Allardice, David and Paulson, Colin, 'Dr Bob Durie FAIE, FTSE', Energy news, vol. 35, no. 1, 2017, p. 27. Details
  • Anon, 'Bob Durie widely known as energy technologist', Focus, vol. 200, 2017, p. 51. Details

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