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Biographical entry Copeland, Leslie Joshua (Les) (1946 - )


5 September 1946
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Agricultural chemist


Les Copeland is an agricultural chemist whose interests lie in the connections between food science and agricultural production. His research has focused on the chemistry of food grains, the biochemistry of nitrogen-fixing symbioses of legumes, the regulation of plant carbon metabolism, food starches and the effects of growing conditions on cereal grain quality. In 2001 Copeland was appointed Professor of Agriculture at the University of Sydney.



1971 - 1972
Career position - Research Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
1972 - 1973
Career position - Research Fellow, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
1974 - 1992
Career position - Lecturer (later Senior Lecturer) in Agricultural Chemistry, University of Sydney
1979 - 1980
Award - Fulbright Fellow, University of California, Davis, California, U.S.A.
1993 - 2000
Career position - Head, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, University of Sydney
2001 -
Career position - Professor of Agriculture, University of Sydney
2001 - 2007
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Sydney
2004 -
Career position - Member, Research Advisory Committee, Australian Farm Institute
2007 - 2008
Career position - President, Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture
2017 - 2019
Career position - Member of the Board, Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to agricultural science as an academic and researcher

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