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Biographical entry Adams, Bronwyn Jane (1950 - 1999)

24 August 1950
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5 February 1999
Chemical engineer


Bronwyn Adams graduated from Monash University in 1971 as the first female chemical engineer in Victoria. She was the first female to be employed as an engineer by the Altona Petrochemical Company (APC), where she worked for 18 years. In 1991 she began working at the University of Melbourne, firstly as executive manager in the School of Chemistry and later as general manager of the Faculty of Education. Adams maintained a close relationship with the University of Melbourne after leaving in 1996 and working as an independent consultant.



Education - Bachelor of Engineering (BE) completed at Monash University in Victoria
1982 - 1986
Career position - Technical Manager at Altona Petrochemical Company (APC)
1987 - 1989
Career position - Human Resources Manageer at APC
1989 - c. 1991
Career position - Process Manageer for APC
1991 - 1993
Career position - Executive Manager of the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1993 - c. 1996
Career position - General Manager of the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne
1996 -
Career position - Private Consultant

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Newspaper Articles

  • Dow, Kwong Lee, Santo, Richard and Coffey, Susan, 'Obituary: Bronwyn Jane Adams, Chemical Engineer', The Age (1999). Details


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