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6 October 1915
Sretensk, Siberia
9 January 1995
Chemist and Antarctic explorer
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  • Sklovsky, Grisha


Grisha Sklovsky worked for ICI for 30 years, retiring in 1977 as chief information officer of the company's research department. After his retirement he became joint managing director of Trans Knowledge Associates. He was foundation chairman of SBS 1978-1981.


Born Sretensk, Siberia, 6 October 1915. Died Melbourne, 9 January 1995. Czechoslovak Military Medal, AM. Educated at university in Lyon (doctorate in chemistry 1939). Served with a Czech battalion that amalgamated in England with the British army 1939-45, came to Australia 1947, ICI 1947-77 (research chemist, rising to chief information officer of the company's research department), joint managing director, Trans Knowledge Associates 1977-. Accompanied the French relief expeditions to Dumont d'Urville station on Adelie Island 1969, 1971, English-French interpreter, Antarctic treaty consultative meeting, Canberra, late 1970s. Foundation chairman, SBS 1978. President, Australian Institute of International Affairs 1975-77; President, Royal Society of Victoria 1985 to June 1986, July-December 1987; inaugural chairman, advisory board, Institute of Reproduction and Development, Monash University.

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  • Nicholson, John, A long road home : the life and times of Grisha Sklovsky (North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Printing, 2009), 251 pp. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Law, Phillip, 'Scientist promoted cultural exchange', The Australian (1995), 12. Details


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Sklovsky, Grigorij Abramovitch ('Grisha') Portrait


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