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Biographical entry Taylor, Geoffrey Hamlet (1924 - 2017)


7 July 1924
30 July 2017
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Geoffrey Taylor was noted as a pioneer of coal petrology in Australia and internationally respected for work in coal petrology and its industrial applications. He was an innovative researcher into the petrographic structure of coals, cokes and carbons. His discoveries had a lasting impact on the development of techniques in manufacturing coals and in the conversion of coals to liquid fuels. In his research he published on the prediction of metallurgical coke properties, the classification of vitrinites, the origin of sclerotinite and micrinite, and cold-climate formation of Gondwana inertinite. After a distinguished career at CSIRO, Taylor became Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies Professor at the Australian National University, before returning to CSIRO as a member of the Executive.



1942 - 1946
Career position - Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Australian Naval Reserve
1950 - 1953
Career position - Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of South Australia
1955 - 1970
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO
1971 - 1977
Career position - Assistant Chief of the Division of Mineralogy, CSIRO
1977 - 1980
Career position - Officer in charge of the Fuel Geosciences Unit, CSIRO
1979 - 2017
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1980 - 1982
Career position - Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University
1982 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
1982 - 1986
Career position - Member of the CSIRO Executive
Award - Baragwanath Award, Australian Institute of Energy
1986 - 1998
Career position - Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Award - George Skakel Memorial Award, American Carbon Society
Award - Reinhardt Thiessen Medal, International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP)
Award - John CastaƱo Honorary Membership Award, Society for Organic Petrology
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in the study of fossil fuels and high carbon materials

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  • Anon, 'Geoffrey Taylor was a geologist and a children's author', Focus, 205 (2018), 50. Details
  • Davis, Alan and Sherwood, Neil, 'Memorial for Geoffrey H. Taylor (1924 - 2017)', International Journal of Coal Geology, 188 (2018), 37. Details


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