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Biographical entry West, Bruce Oswald (1928 - )

23 January 1928
Inorganic chemist and University Administrator


Bruce West was as inorganic chemist who, on appointment as Professor at Monash University, established his department as a centre of excellence in the field. His research group made major advances in Schiff base chemistry, the chemistry of cyclic phosphines and arsines, sol-gel technology and metal organic chemical vapour deposition. West held senior administrative positions at Monash, including as Pro Vice-Chancellor from 1976 to 1982. He service to the wider chemistry community included a term as President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and as Chairman of the Australian Representatives of the Royal Society of Chemistry.



1962 - 1964
Career position - Reader, University of Adelaide
1964 - 1993
Career position - Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Monash University
1966 - 1993
Career position - Chair of Australian Representatives, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom
Career position - Chair, Division of Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Career position - President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1973 - 1975
Career position - Associate Dean of Science, Monash University
1976 - 1982
Career position - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
1977 - 1993
Career position - Member (later Chair), Patents Committee, Monash University
Award - Burrows Lecturer, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1982 - 1990
Career position - Member of Council, Monash University
1986 - 1988
Career position - Associate Dean of Science, Monash University
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1994 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Monash University

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  • Dickson, Ron, 'Bruce O. West', Australian journal of chemistry, 48 (1995), 707-8. Details

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