Birch, Arthur John

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Birch, Arthur John

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  • Professor Arthur Birch

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1915 - 1995


Professor Arthur John Birch was born on 3 August 1915 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Birch held fellowships at the University of Oxford (1938-48) and Cambridge (1948-52), then Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney (1952-55) and Manchester University (1955-67). He joined the Australian National University as founding Dean of the Research School of Chemistry 1967-1970 and 1973-1976; Foundation Professor of Organic Chemistry, ANU 1967-1970. From the late 1980s until his death on 8 December 1995, Professor Birch devoted much energy to researching and recording the history of the Research School of Chemistry.


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academic; chemist; university administrator

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Research School of Chemistry (1967 -)

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Professor and Dean 1967-1970; 1973-1976

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Created by Claire Griffiths on 15 August 2011; revised on 8 May 2012




Encyclopedia of Australian Science, (accessed on 8 May 2012)

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