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Biographical entry Clunies Ross, William John (1850 - 1914)

31 March 1850
London, England
7 November 1914
Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Science educator


William Clunies Ross taught at technical institutes throughout New South Wales. Some of the subjects he lectured include mineralogy, chemistry, geology, metallurgy, physiography, and geometrical drawing.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at King's College, University of London
1882 -
Career position - Fellow of the Geological Society
c. 1884
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1885 -
Career position - Resident Science Master at Bathurst, New South Wales
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), Ad Eundem Grandem, Sydney University
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus rossii R.T.Baker & H.G.Sm.was named for Ross.
1904 -
Career position - Chief Lecturer in Chemistry and Metallurgy at Sydney Technical College

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Clunies Ross, W.J., 'On Modern Methods of Teaching Chemistry', Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 7 (1898), 333. Details


See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.