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Biographical entry Boas, Isaac Herbert (1878 - 1955)

20 October 1878
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
16 October 1955
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia


Isaac Boas was Chief of the Division of Forest Products, CSIR 1929-1944.


Born Adelaide, 20 October 1878. Died Melbourne, 16 October 1955. Educated University of Adelaide (BSc 1899). MSc, University of Western Australia 1914. Lecturer in geology and mineralogy, University of Adelaide 1901 and demonstrator in physics; lecturer in physics and chemistry, technical school, Charters Towers, Queensland 1904-05; lecturer in chemistry, Technical School, Perth 1906-19; officer-in-charge, projected Commonwealth Bureau of Science and Industry 1919-21; chief chemist, Michaelis, Hallenstein and Company, Melbourne 1921-28; chief, forest products division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 1928-44; retired to join the board of New Zealand Forest Products Ltd, but remained half time with CSIR until May 1945, working as a consultant and completing a book on the commercial timbers of Australia (1947). General president, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1952. Commemorated by University of Melbourne's Boas Memorial Lectures for secondary school students, inaugurated 1961.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Isaac Herbert Boas - Records, 1899 - 1968, MS 124; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Isaac Herbert Boas - Records, 1900 - 1955; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • Campbell, J. G., 'Papermaking and Australia's Scientific Contribution', Printing and Graphic Arts (Melbourne), 48 (Oct) (1963). Details


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McCarthy, G.J.