Series 403 - Ben Selinger papers

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Ben Selinger papers


  • 1947 - 2010 (Creation)

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2.6 m (14 type 1 boxes)

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(1939 -)

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Benjamin Klaas Selinger was born on 23 January 1939. He graduated from Sydney University with an Honours degree in 1960, a Masters degree in 1961, and a PhD from the Technical University of Stuttgart in 1964. He was appointed lecturer in chemistry and Deputy Warden of Burton Hall at the ANU in 1965, and awarded a DSc from ANU in 1980. He was appointed Professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science in 1992. Selinger has written numerous books, a regular science and technology column for the Canberra Times, over 150 scientific articles and was also the resident expert for several years on the ABC radio show Dial-a-Scientist. He has been involved in professional bodies including the Independent Panel on Intractable Waste, National Occupational Commission (now Worksafe Australia), inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Registration Authority for agriculture and veterinary chemicals, and Chair of the Homebush Bay Environmental Reference Group for the Olympic Co-ordination Authority. He retired from ANU in 2010.

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The records include correspondence; memoirs of Burton Hall and the ANU Chemistry Department; chemistry teaching material; publications; articles for the Canberra Times; presentations and lectures; journal articles; reports from his time on the Independent Panel on Intractable Waste and the Asbestos Advisory Committee; and research on the Chamberlain case and Agent Orange. The collection also includes teaching material from Melbourne Technical College, given to Selinger by Professor Arthur Hambly, as well as papers by Hambly and his obituaries.


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Access to Commonwealth and ACT government records governed by relevant archives legislation; open access to correspondence, teaching material and publications. Item 167, Diary as Warden of Burton Hall restricted.

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ANUA 250-5 is an audiotape of Selinger’s Energy and Australia lecture

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Prepared by Greg Bell on 10 November 2010




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