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Biographical entry Basden, Ralph (1894 - 1976)

2 November 1894
Croydon, New South Wales, Australia
25 March 1976
Science educator


Ralph Basden was Principal of Newcastle Technical College 1940-1959 and University Warden of Newcastle University College 1951-1959. His scientific research was concerned with the chemistry of the excretions of insects which live on eucalyptus trees. He is commemorated by portrait by Joshua Smith and the Basden Theatre lecture theatre at the University of Newcastle.



1899 - 1914
Career position - Laboratory Assistant at the University of Sydney
1914 - 1918
Career position - War service with the 1st Australian Imperial Force
Education - Diploma in Chemistry completed at the Sydney Technical College
1923 - 1935
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry at the Newcastle Technical College
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of London
1935 - 1937
Career position - Principal at Broken Hill Technical College
1937 - 1940
Career position - Principal at Wollongong Technical College
Education - Bachelor, then Mater of Education (BEd, MEd) completed at the University of Melbourne
1940 - 1959
Career position - Principal of Newcastle Technical College
1951 - 1959
Career position - University Warden at Newcastle University College

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