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Sir Mark Oliphant is one of Australia's most respected atomic physicists. He worked with Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, and undertook ground-breaking atomic research. Bright Sparcs has an online article about Oliphant's life and work.
'Crosbie' Morrison, naturalist and science broadcaster, was as well known in his time as Suzuki is today for his efforts in communicating science to the masses. During the 1940s and 1950s, Crosbie Morrison became Australia's best known naturalist. He was the editor of Wild Life from 1938-54 and broadcast regular weekly nature talks from 1938 until his death.
The Australian scientists who have won the Nobel Prize have also made significant impacts in their fields and on our lives:
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We have listed a few Australian scientists who were involved in public debate on important social and environmental issues below.
Dame Jean Macnamara, a medical scientist who undertook research on Poliomyelitis at a time when it was a major health concern. She advocated the use of biological controls in Australia - she championed the use of myxomatosis for rabbit control.
John Turner, botanist and plant physiologist, was a leader in the field of conservation in Australia. Turner was concerned with what natural resources still existed and the best way to protect them from commercial development. Turner was foundation member of the Victorian National Parks Association, and through the Australian Academy of Science was instrumental in focusing conservation issues, especially those involving the High Country of south-eastern Australia. In 1961 he and A.B. Costin, Robert Crocker and John Evans published a paper on the proposal to establish a primitive area in the Koscuisko National Park. Turner was also instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and was a founding member and Chairman of the Landscape Preservation Council of the National Trust.
Bright Sparcs can be used to search for scientists who were active in a particular field. If you have the name of an Australian scientist, you can browse Bright Sparcs to locate their entry and determine if there are any online, biographical or archival sources that can be accessed for further information. The User's Guide to Bright Sparcs contains more details on how to search the database.
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