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Batterham, Robin John (1941 - )

Chemical engineer and Mining engineer
Born: 3 April 1941  Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Robin John Batterham was appointed Chief Scientist of the Commonwealth of Australia in May 1999. He was re-appointed to the position in 2002, after the initial tenure expired. He has also been Managing Director of Research and Technology Support, Comalco and Chief Technologists, Rio Tinto Limited since 1999 (December). Batterham is a director of many boards and associations and has lectured widely throughout Australia and overseas.

Career Highlights
After completing his PhD at Melbourne University, Robin Batterham took up a postdoctoral position with ICI Central Research Laboratories in England. He returned to Australia and was employed as a research scientist by CSIRO (Division of Mineral and Process Engineering. By 1985 he had become Chief of that Division. Three years later he left CSIRO to join CRA, then Rio Tinto in 1995. He has been Chief Scientist of Australia since 1999.

1968 - 1970Postdoctoral Fellow at ICI Central Research Laboratories, UK
1969Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1970 - 1988Research Scientist, Chief Scientist then Division Chief of the Division of Mineral Engineering (later the Division of Mineral and Processing Engineering) at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1988 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1988 - 1995Vice-President of the Resource & Processing Developments of CRA
1989 - 1993President of the International Mineral Processing Congress
1992Esso Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering received
1995 - 1999Managing Director of Research and Technology at Rio Tinto Ltd. (formerly CRA Ltd.)
1996Kernot Medal received from the University of Melbourne
1997 - Member of the Cooperative Research Centres Main Committee
1997 - Board member of AMDEL
1999 - Chief Scientist of Australia
1999Chief Technologist at Rio Tinto Ltd.
2000 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Ailie Smith
Created: 6 August 2003
Modified: 13 December 2006

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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