National Advisory Board
Professor Rod Home Chair; Head, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
John Arnold National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash
Professor Bert Bolton Professor Emeritus, Theoretical Physics, Monash University
Wade Chambers Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Inquiry, Deakin University
Richard Gillespie Freelance Historian of Science
Tom Griffiths Fellow, History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
Ruth Lane Curator, National Museum of Australia
Alison Leigh Special Projects (TV) Australian Broadcasting Corporation
George Nichols Director-General, Australian Archives
Graeme Powell National Library of Australia
Rodney Teakle CSIRO Archivist
John Zillman Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Gavan J. McCarthy Director, ASAP
Tim Sherratt Deputy Director, ASAP
Joanne Evans Assistant Director, Projects and Archival Systems
Lisa O'Sullivan Assistant Director, Finance and Human
This year saw the departure of Lloyd Evans, John Nixon, John Swan, Colin Smith and Frank Strahan from the National Advisory Board. We would like to thank them for the interest, advice and support provided over the years. ASAP would also like to make special mention of the efforts of the outgoing Chair, Professor Bert Bolton, and thank him for his continued support and prescence on the Board.
Council of Friends
Our Council of Friends consists of people respected in their professions who support ASAP's aims and objectives. Currently on the Council are:
Ditta Bartels BSc, DipEd, PhD; Director, European Affairs, University of New South Wales; President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS), 1992-94; Counsellor for Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Embassy in Bonn, Germany, 1989-91.
David P. Craig AO 1985, DSc, PhD, Hon DSc (Sydney), Hon DrChem (Bologna), FRACI, FRIC, FRS, FAA; Emeritus Professor Australian National University; President, Australian Academy of Science, 1990-94.
David R. Curtis MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRS, FAA; Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research and Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, 1989-92; President of the Australian Academy of Science, 1986-90.
Michael C.M. Deeley MA, DPhil; Managing Director and Chief Executive of ICI Australia, 1987-.
Lloyd T. Evans AO, MAgrSc, DPhil, DSc, Hon LLD, FAA, FRS; Former Chief Research Scientist, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO Canberra; President of the Australian Academy of Science, 1978-82.
Roy M. MacLeod AB, PhD, FRHistS; Professor of History, University of Sydney, 1982-.
Ann Moyal AM, Independent author of a number of authoritative books on the history of Australian science and technology.
George Nichols BA (Hons); Director-General of Australian Archives 1990-; career public servant within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 1975-1990.
Sir Gustav J.V. Nossal AC 1989, Kt 1977, CBE 1970, MBBS, BSc, PhD, Hon MD, Hon DSc, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPA, FRSE, FTSE, FAA, FRS; Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, 1965-1996; Professor of Medical Biology, University of Melbourne; President of the Australian Academy of Science, 1994-.
Tom H. Spurling BSc, PhD, FRACI; Chief of the Division of Chemicals and Polymers, CSIRO Melbourne; President of the RACI, 1986-87.
John Stocker MB, BS, BMedSc, PhD, FTSE; Chief Executive of CSIRO, 1990-95.
Robyn Williams AM 1988,
BSc(Hons), Hon DSc (Deakin, Sydney, Macquarie), FANZAAS, FAA;
Broadcaster ABC Science Unit (Radio) 1972-, Executive Producer,
1975-; Chairman of the Commission for the Future, 1990-.
ASAP sadly notes the passing of Professor Arthur Birch. He was a good friend of ASAP and an original member on ASAP's Council of Friends.
Arthur Birch was born on 3 August 1915. He was one
of the world's top chemists, devising the widely-used Birch Reduction
method in organic chemistry and contributing to the development
of oral contraceptives. He helped design the innovative Research
School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in the
1960s and became its Founding Dean. In 1995 the main building
of the School was named the Birch Building. Later, he conducted
several government inquiries, most notably the influential 1977-78
inquiry into CSIRO. He received many honours throughout a long
working life; one of which he was particularly proud was the rarely
awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute,
which he received in 1994. He died on 8 December 1995.
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