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Biographical entry Stokes, Robert Harold (1918 - 2016)


24 December 1918
Southsea, England
15 November 2016
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
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Robin Stokes was Professor of Chemistry, University of New England, New South Wales, 1955-1979. His research interests included solution thermodynamics and the accurate measurement and interpretation of the equilibrium and transport properties of electrolyte and nonelectrolyte solutions. He made outstanding contributions in the this field. Among his major publications, written with Robert A. Robinson, was Electrolyte solutions (1955, 3rd edition 1970). A collaborator in much of his work his collaborator was his wife, Jean Stokes (née Wilson). In 1980 the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute inaugurated the R. H. Stokes Medal to recognise distinguished research in the field of electrochemistry carried out mainly in Australia: Stokes was the first recipient.



1938 -
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), Auckland University, New Zealand
1940 -
Education - Master of Science with Honours (MSc (hons)), Auckland University, New Zealand
1941 - 1945
Career position - Chemist and Chief Chemist, Colonial Ammunition Company, Auckland and Hamilton, New Zealand
Award - Rennie Medal, Australian Chemical Institute
Award - Meldola Medal, The Chemical Society, England
1946 - 1947
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, The University of Western Australia
1946 - 1953
Career position - Member, Australian Chemical Institute
1948 - 1949
Career position - ICI Fellow, The University of Cambridge, England
1949 -
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc), Auckland University, New Zealand
1950 -
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Cambridge, England
1950 - 1955
Career position - Senior Lecturer and Reader in Chemistry, The University of Western Australia
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Award, Australian Chemical Institute
1953 - 1993
Career position - Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1955 - 1979
Career position - Foundation Professor of Chemistry, The University of New England, Australia
1957 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1964 - 1965
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1969 - 1972
Career position - Member, Australian Research Grants Committee
1975 - 1979
Career position - Chairman, Professorial Board, University of New England
Award - Queen's Jubilee Medal
1980 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, The University of New England, Australia
Award - R.H. Stokes Medal, Electrochemical Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - R. A. Robinson Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, England
1981 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, England
1993 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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