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Biographical entry McMahon, Patrick Reginald (Pat) (1912 - 1978)

11 August 1912
Havelock, New Zealand
15 January 1978
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Wool expert


Pat McMahon was a wool technologist who pioneered the use of quantitative genetics in sheep breeding. At his Department at the University of New South Wales, he established a flock-testing service to assist sheep breeders to apply consistent genetic principles in their breeding programs. McMahon initiated research into the objective measurement of wool which had important implications for wool-selling and in the textile industry. He was actively involved in programs for the Food and Agricultural Organisation for which he visited many developing countries.



Education - MAgSc, Massey Agricultural College, New Zealand
Education - PhD, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
1938 - 1947
Career position - Wool metrologist, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Zealand
1947 - 1950
Career position - Lecturer-in-Charge, Sheep and Wool School, Sydney Technical College
1947 - 1978
Career position - Member, Royal Society of New South Wales
1950 - 1977
Career position - Foundation Professor and Head of School, School of Wool Technology (later Wool and Pastoral Services), New South Wales University of Technology (later University of New South Wales
1975 - 1978
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1976 - 1978
Award - Fellow, Australian Society of Animal Production
Life event - Retired

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