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Biographical entry Birch, Louis Charles (Charles) (1918 - 2009)


8 February 1918
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
19 December 2009


Charles Birch was Professor of Zoology, University of Sydney 1960-1963 and then Professor of Biological Sciences 1963-1983.


Born Melbourne, 8 February 1918. Educated Universities of Melbourne (BAgrSc 1939) and Adelaide (DSc 1948). Research entomologist, Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide 1939-45; Research Fellow, University of Chicago 1946; senior overseas CSIRO Research Scholarship, Bureau of Animal Population, Department of Zoological Field Studies, Oxford University 1947; senior lecturer in zoology, University of Sydney 1948-53; reader 1954-60; Challis Professor of Zoology 1960-63; Challis Professor of Biology 1963-83; Emeritus Professor since 1983. David Syme Prize, University of Melbourne 1954; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1961; Member of the Club of Rome 1974; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 1980.

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National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Louis Charles ("Charles") Birch - Records, 1940 - 1972, DeB 639; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Louis Charles ("Charles") Birch - Records, 1953 - 1986, P 131; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

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