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Biographical entry Taylor, Walter Charles (1930 - 2009)

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Born
11 February 1930
Died
1 January 2009
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Organic chemist

Summary

Wal Taylor was an organic chemist whose research focused on natural products chemistry, including the isolation, structure determination and synthesis of constituents of plants, marine sponges and bryozoans. He was particularly interested in substances with pharmacological or other potential. Some of his discoveries are now widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. For many years Taylor worked with colleagues in Southeast Asian countries in investigating the natural products and bioactive plants in the local floras. In 1984 he became the Australian representative on the UNESCO Regional Network for Chemistry of Natural Products in South East Asia, a role he filled for over 15 years.

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1951
Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1952
Education - MSC, University of Sydney
1956
Education - PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
1956 - 1957
Award - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland
1957 - 1958
Career position - Glaxo Fellowship, Imperial College, London
1958 - 1960
Career position - Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1961 - 1967
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1964
Award - Fulbright Fellowship, Harvard University, Boston, Connecticut, U.S.A.
1967
Education - DSc, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
1967 - 1985
Career position - Reader in Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1971
Award - Royal Society and Nuffield Fellowship, University of Cambridge
1978
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1980 - 1981
Career position - Head, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
1983 -
Career position - Australian National Point of Contact for UNESCO Regional Network for Chemistry of Natural Products in South East Asia
1985 - 1998
Career position - Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Sydney
1994
Award - Einstein Silver Medal, UNESCO
1996
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to science as a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Sydney and through the UNESCO Regional Network for the Chemistry of Natural Products in South-East Asia
1997
Award - Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asia Medal
1998 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Mander, Lew, 'Walter C. Taylor', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 52 (11) (1999), 1003-4. Details
  • Mander, Lew, 'Wal Taylor', Chemistry in Australia, 2009 (April) (2009), 23-4. Details

See also

  • Herd, Margaret ed., Who's Who in Australia 2002 (Melbourne: Crown Content, 2001), 2020 pp. Details

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