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Biographical entry Cannon, Jack Richard (1927 - 2014)


1 October 1927
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
8 August 2014
Organic chemist


Jack Cannon was an organic chemist whose early research was in phytochemistry. He became Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Western Australia in 1959. In parallel with his research and teaching at the University, he was instrumental in setting up phytochemical survey of plants in southern Thailand based at Prince of Songkla University. From this he became involved in facilitating the co-operation, co-ordination and communication of chemical research throughout southeast Asia. In particular he participated with UNESCO in the region and served as Australia's National Point-of-Contact 1978 - 1983. Cannon was involved in the establishment of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, for which he was given the Federation's Citation in 1991. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Asian Symposia on Medicinal Plants, Spices and Other Natural Products. An outcome of the 1992 Symposium, initiated by Cannon and UNESCO, was the Manila Declaration on the Ethical Utilization of Asian Biological Resources. This informed Cannon's subsequent phytochemical work, including with indigenous communities in Western Australia.



Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1950 - 1951
Career position - Teaching Fellow, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
Education - Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Scholarship
1955 - 1959
Career position - Research officer, CSIRO Division of Industrial Chemistry
1959 -
Career position - Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1973 - 1992
Career position - Associate Professor, School of Chemistry, University of Western Australia
Career position - Fellow, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
Award - Honorary DSc, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
1980 - 1997
Career position - Chair, International Advisory Committee, Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and Other Natural Products
Career position - Fellow, Royal Society of Western Australia
Award - UNESCO Einstein Silver Medal
Award - Federation of Asian Chemical Societies Citation
Life event - Retired
1992 - 1997
Career position - Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of service to science and technology in the field of chemical research and education and in the promotion of international co-operation among chemists in Australia and South East Asia
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institution

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Spurling, Tom [et al.], 'Obituary: Jack Cannon AM, organic chemist and promoter of international co-operation', Chemistry in Australia, 2015 (February) (2015), 30. Details

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