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Biographical entry Anderson, Joan Mary (Jan) (1932 - 2015)

FAA, FRS

Born
12 May 1932
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died
28 August 2015
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Plant Biochemist

Summary

Jan Anderson was an international expert on photosynthesis research. Her roles included Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University and Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO's Division of Plant Industry.

Details

After completing her studies in New Zealand, Jane Anderson undertook a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of California. From there she moved to Australia to work for Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) at their Canberra Division of Plant industry. By 1982 Anderson had become Chief Research Scientist their, a position she held until her retirement. Anderson was an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University from 1995 to 2015. Throughout her research career, Jan Anderson travelled to and collaborated with many Universities around the world (UK, USA, Sweden). Her research interests include the molecular organisation of thyakoid membranes, the molecular mechanisms of light regulation in higher plants, and the structural/functional dynamics of photosystem II.

Events

1954
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of New Zealand
1956
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of New Zealand
1957 - 1959
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of California, USA
1960
Career position - Research Scientist at the Ruakura Agricultural Station at DSIR in Hamilton, New Zealand
1961 - 1981
Career position - Research Scientist at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant Industry, Canberra
1965 - 1966
Career position - Carnegie Research Fellow in Plant Biology at Stanford, USA
1966
Career position - C. F. Kettering Research Fellow at the Yellow Springs in Ohio, USA
1973 - 1974
Career position - Ann Horton Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK
1973 - 1974
Career position - Marie Cobot Fellow with the Biological Laboratories at Harvard University, USA
1982 -
Career position - Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry in Canberra
1982
Career position - Visiting Professor in Molecular Plant Biology at the University of California in Berkeley, USA
1983
Award - Lemberg Medal and Oration received from the Australian Biochemistry Society
1984 - 1985
Career position - President, Australian Society of Biophysics
1986
Career position - Distinguished Professor, Swedish National Research Council, University of Lund, Sweden
1987 - 2015
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1989
Award - Pacific Rim Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
1989
Career position - Visiting Professor in Molecular Plant Biology at the University of California in Berkeley, USA
1992 - 1993
Career position - President, Australian Society of Plant Physiology
1995
Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of Umea, Sweden
1996 - 2015
Career position - Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU)
1996 - 2015
Career position - Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS)
1998
Education - Honorary Doctorate received from the University of Umea in Sweden
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in biological science
2003
Award - Honorary Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
2007
Award - Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research to acknowledge a lifetime of outstanding contributions to understanding photosynthesis
2007 - 2015
Award - Life Member, Australian Society of Plant Scientists
2011
Award - Certificate of Appreciation, Australian Society for Biochemical and Molecular Biology

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Jan Anderson, plant biochemist and international expert in photosynthesis research, Chief Research Scientist, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO (sound recording), interviewer: Ragbir Bhathal, 9 August 1996, TRC 3479; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Pictures Collection

  • Jan Anderson, Portrait, 9 August 1996, PIC NL37974; National Library of Australia Pictures Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Profiles, Australian women scientists (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1999), 191 pp. Details

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