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Biographical entry MacLennan, Ethel Irene (1891 - 1983)

15 March 1891
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Botanist and Plant pathologist


Ethel MacLennan was Associate Professor of Botany, University of Melbourne 1931-1955, after having joined the staff in 1915. She specialized in mycology and plant pathology, and was awarded the Syme Prize in 1927.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1915 - 1931
Career position - Demonstrator and Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
Career position - Scandinavian fellowship received from the International Federation of University Women
Award - Syme Prize received
Career position - Chairwoman of the Australian Pan-Pacific Women's Committee
1931 - 1955
Career position - Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
Career position - President of the Australian Federation of University Women
1937 - 1938
Career position - Acting Head of the Biology Department at the University of Melbourne

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  • The University of Melbourne (1853 - )

    Ethel MacLennan began working at The University of Melbourne in 1915 and eventually held the role of Associate Professor of Botany from 1931 until 1955. In 1927 The University of Melbourne awarded her the Syme Prize.

    Date: 1915 - 1955

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Ethel Irene McLennan - Records, 1920 - 1982; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Ducker, Sophie C., 'Ethel McLennan (1891-1983) botanist' in 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Heather Radi, ed. (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988). Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. ed., 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988), 268 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Ethel Irene McLennan', Uni News, 11 (16) (2003), 4. Details
  • Parbery, D. G., 'Ethel Irene McLennan 1891-1983: Pioneer Teacher of Mycology and Plant Pathology in Victoria', Australasian Plant Pathology, 18 (3) (1989), 47-56. Details


See also

  • Alexander, John A. ed., Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12 (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1944), 906 pp. Details
  • Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C., 'John Stewart Turner 1908-1991', Historical Records of Australian Science, 9 (3) (1993), 278-290. Details
  • Bolton, H. C., 'Optical Instruments in Australia in the 1939-45 War: successes and lost opportunities', Australian Physicist (1990). Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: Department of History, University of Melbourne, 2003), 168 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.