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Biographical entry Connick, Wynford (1934 - 2017)


6 April 1934
Fforesfach, Swansea, Wales
14 September 2017
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Aeronautical engineer and Science administrator


Wynford Connick, who retired from his position as director of DSTO's Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory at Maribyrnong, Victoria, in 1995, was at one stage of his career the leader of an expert team of explosive and propellant scientists. In directing the operations at Maribyrnong he established a business office for the protection and commercialisation of the research results of his teams. He aimed to consolidate the Laboratory's reputation in materials performance and analysis with consequent involvement in investigations into air crashes, bombings and the restoration of cannons from HMS Endeavour.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Wales, United Kingdom
Education - MSc, University of Wales, United Kingdom
Life event - Settled in Australia
1964 - 1968
Career position - Scientist, Defence Standard Laboratories, Maribyrnong, Victoria
1968 - 1971
Career position - Research Leader, explosives and ammunition, Defence Standard Laboratories, Maribyrnong, Victoria
1971 - 1974
Career position - Superintendent, Physical Chemistry Division, Defence Standard Laboratories, Maribyrnong, Victoria
1974 - 1983
Career position - Chief, Physical Chemical Division, Materials Research Laboratory
1975 - 2017
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1978 - 1980
Career position - Counsellor, Defence Science, Australian Embassy, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
1983 - 1994
Career position - Chief Superintendent, Materials Research Laboratories
1988 - 2017
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1994 - 1996
Career position - Director, Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratories (AMRL), Fishermens Bend, Melbourne
Award - Secretary of Defence's Achievement Award
1996 - ?
Career position - Chairman, Minister for Science's Cooperative Research Centres' Expert Assessment Panel for Physical Sciences and Engineering
Life event - Retired
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in defence science

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Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn