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Biographical entry Smyth, Lloyd Earle (1922 - 2018)


15 June 1922
Suva, Fiji
3 September 2018
Nowral, New South Wales, Australia
Analytical chemist


Lloyd Smyth was an analytical chemist who, having been appointed foundation Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, established a department renowned internationally for its expertise in analytical spectroscopy, gas and liquid chromatography and electrochemical analysis. He is credited with establishing analytical chemistry as an accepted discipline of chemistry in Australia. His research ranged from formaldehyde resin adhesives and trace element and radiochemical analysis, to the lead burden in the blood of Sydney school children and the accuracy of breathalysers. Smyth was President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1970.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Sydney
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Sydney
1947 - 1949
Career position - Chemist, Department of Agriculture, Fiji
1949 - 1953
Career position - Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Tasmania
1953 - 1955
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Tasmania
Award - Carday-Morgan Fellowship, London Chemical Society
1956 - 1968
Career position - Principal Research Officer (later Senior Principal Research Officer), Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1968 - 1987?
Career position - Foundation Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of New South Wales
Career position - President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2001 -
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science through education and research, particularly the development of the discipline of analytical chemistry

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  • Haddad, Paul R., 'Emeritus Professor Lloyd Earle Smyth, distinguished analytical chemist', Chemistry in Australia, 2019 (January/February) (2019), 30. Details

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