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Biographical entry Sternhell, Sever (1930 - )


30 May 1930
Lwow, Poland
Organic chemist


Sever Sternhell was appointed to the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney as a Senior Lecturer in 1964. He was Professor of Organic Chemistry from December 1977 until his retirement in 1999. His research interests are in organic chemistry and molecular engineering.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Sydney
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1953 - 1955
Career position - Research Chemist, Research and Development Department, Beetle-Elliot (Plastics) Ltd, now Monsanto
1955 - 1964
Career position - Research Officer, later Senior Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Coal Research
Education - PhD and DIC, Imperial College, London
1964 - 1967
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
Education - DSc, Imperial College, London
1967 - 1977
Career position - Reader in Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1977 - 1978
Career position - Head, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1977 - 1999
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
Career position - Head, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1989 - 1992
Career position - Member, Materials Science Priority Panel, Australian Research Council
1991 - 1992
Career position - Chairman, Australian Research Council Chemical Sciences Panel
1992 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1992
Career position - Chairman, Interdisciplinary Panel, Australian Research Council
Award - Archibald Liversidge Medal and Lecture, Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1997 - 1998
Career position - Head, Division of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1999 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in organic chemistry and molecular engineering
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) for distinguished service to education in the field of organic chemistry, specifically to nuclear magnetic resonance, as an academic and researcher, and to scientific institutions

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Journal Articles

  • Field, Les, 'Professor Sev Sternhell', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 52 (1999), 1001-2. Details
  • Sternhell, Sev, 'Science in the Universities: Australia on the Road to Burkina Faso', Quadrant, 34 (263) (1990), 41-46. Details


See also

Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn