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Biographical entry Garrow, Clyde (1922 - 1999)


16 March 1922
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
26 September 1999


Clyde Garrow was involved with the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) for fifty-nine years and made major contributions to the Australian wool industry. He first joined the CSIRO as a junior clerk (1949), but became an 'honorary scientist' when he moved to the Division of Protein Chemistry. There he investigated new methods of bailing wood including vacuum processing of wool. He was awarded a Masters in Agricultural Science for this work which was an amazing fete considering Garrow had no formal scientific training. He had previously studied public administration, commerce and accounting. Garrow received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

While at the Division of Protein Chemistry Garrow also helped develop or improve many products including sheepskin car seat covers, wool-fast dyes for the garment industry, and Teflon-coated shearing combs. For two years from 1964 Garrow was seconded to the International Wool Secretariat to look into expanding the use and marketability of wool. From 1969 to 1972 he worked in the United Sates of America as an Attache to the Australian embassy in Washington. Once back in Australia Garrow was back with the CSIRO but this time as inaugural manager of the central information service. He was also appointed Chair of the Australian Academy of Science's Information Committee. Clyde Garrow was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the wool industry.



1940 - 1942
Career position - Junior Clerk at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Head Office in East Melbourne
1942 - 1946
Career position - War service with the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve in Fremantle (Western Australia) and Darwin (Northern Territory)
1950 - 1969
Career position - CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry at Parkville, Victoria
1964 - 1965
Career position - Seconded to the International Wool Secretariat, UK (two years)
1969 - 1972
Career position - Scientific Attache to the Australian Embassy in Washington
1972 -
Career position - Manager of the CSIRO Central Information Service

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Newspaper Articles

  • Coogan, Clive; Kimpton, David, 'Obituaries: Clyde Garrow, OAM', The Age (1999). Details


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