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Alexander, Albert Ernest (1914 - 1970)

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Born: 5 January 1914  Ringwood, Southampton, Hampshire, England.  Died: 23 May 1970  Mosman, New South Wales, Australia.
Albert Ernest Alexander, who was born and educated in England, was appointed to the Chair of Applied Chemistry, New South Wales University of Technology in 1949. He later moved to the University of Sydney to be Professor of Physical Chemistry 1956-70.

Career Highlights
After achieving first class honours in his science degree, Albert Alexander was awarded an open scholarship to study at King’s College, Cambridge. There he completed his PhD in 1938, receiving a King’s College senior scholarship and a Ramsay memorial fellowship for postdoctoral research. This was done under the guidance of Professor Rideal at the College’s Department of Colloid Science, where Alexander later became Assistant Director. In 1949 he moved to Australia to become foundation chair of applied chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology. By 1956 Alexander had lost faith in the University and moved to the University of Sydney and was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry - a position he held until his death in 1970. Alexander has produced over 140 scientific papers.

1934Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Reading, UK
1936Bachelor of arts (BA) completed at King's College, Cambridge, UK
1938Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at King's College, Cambridge
1939Fellow of the Institute of Medical Chemistry at the University of Uppsala, Sweeden
1939 - 1944Scientist in the Department of Colloid Science at King's College, Cambridge
1940Married Catherine Robson in Cambridge
1944 - 1949Assistant Director of Research of the Department of Colloid Science at King's College, Cambridge
1947Tilden lecturship received from the Chemical Society of London
1949Foundation Chair of Applied Chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology
1949Colloid Science (written with Paley Johnson) published in Oxford
1949 - 1956Professor of Applied Chemistry at the New South Wales University of Technology
c. 1950Dean of the Faculty of Science at New South Wales University of Technology / University of New South Wales
1951Doctor of Science (ScD) received from King's College, Cambridge
1955President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, New South Wales branch
1956 - 1970Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Sydney
1959 - 1964Member of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Advisory Council
1960 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1965Presented the A. D. Ross Lecture at the University of Western Australia
1965Married Gisela Gudrum Baker at the Presbyterian Church in Pymble


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Created: 20 October 1993
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Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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