Sutherland, Keith Leonard (1916-1980)

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Keith Leonard Sutherland (1916-1980), industrial chemist, was born on 17 January 1916 at North Carlton, Melbourne, son of Victorian-born parents Alexander Philip Sutherland, a clerk in the public service,...

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Keith Sutherland was an expert in flotation systems and surface chemistry. He was appointed head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) physical chemistry section in 1941. During the war years Sutherland was involve in many projects including the testing of the efficiency of gas masks against zinc arsenide. In 1947 he moved to London to work at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and returned to Australia and the CSIR in 1950. Eight years later Sutherland was appointed head of the newly formed CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Physical Chemistry. In 1959 he was appointed director of research in Sydney for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd, a position which he held until he retired in 1978. as part of this role Sutherland helped establish the David North Plant Research Centre in Brisbane and the CSR industrial research laboratory at Roseville, Sydney. He was also involved in the management of Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef and was honorary curator in the malacology department of the Australian Museum.

  • 1937 Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • 1940 Career position - Trained civilians to deal with unexploded bombs
  • 1941 Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • 1941 - 1947 Career position - Head of the Physical Chemistry Section in the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Division of Industrial Chemistry
  • 1947 Award - Davy-Faraday fellowship received and travelled to London
  • 1948 Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
  • 1948 Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
  • 1950 Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London
  • 1950 - 1958 Career position - Head of the Physical Chemistry Section in the CSIRO Division of Industrial Chemistry
  • 1958 - 1959 Career position - Chief of the Division of Physical Chemistry at the CSIRO
  • 1959 - Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • 1959 - 1978 Career position - Director of Research for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd.
  • November 1965 - October 1971 Career position - Member of the CSIRO Executive (part-time)
  • 1966 - ? Career position - Trustee of the Australian Museum
  • 1972 - 1974 Career position - President of the Trustees of the Australian Museum
  • 1974 Career position - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
  • 1974 Career position - Founding member of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
  • 1975 Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), New South Wales branch
  • 1977 Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • 1978 Career position - President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS)
  • 1978 Life event - Retired

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  1. Keith Leonard SutherlandCSIROpedia : Keith Leonard Sutherland
    Ward, C.
    [2011]
    Series: http://csiropedia.csiro.au/display/CSIROpedia/Sutherland%2C+Keith+Leonard
  2. Sutherland, Keith Leonard (1916-1980), Industrial ChemistAustralian Dictionary of Biography John Ritchie and Diane Langmore 16 347-348 : Sutherland, Keith Leonard (1916-1980), Industrial Chemist
    Miller, David Philip
    [2002]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  3. Keith Leonard Sutherland 1916-1980Historical Records of Australian Science 5 2 78-88 : Keith Leonard Sutherland 1916-1980
    Ewers, W. E. and Weiss, D. E.
    [1981]
  4. Keith Leonard Sutherland 1916-1980Australian Academy of Science Biographical Memoirs Australian Academy of Science : Keith Leonard Sutherland 1916-1980
    Ewers, W. E. and Weiss, D. E.
    [2006]
    Published: Australian Academy of Science
    Series: http://www.science.org.au/fellows/memoirs/sutherland.html
  5. Historical Directory of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, 1926-1976
    [1978]
    Published: CSIRO
  6. Albert Lloyd George Rees 1916-1989Historical Records of Australian Science 9 1 31-47 : Albert Lloyd George Rees 1916-1989
    Walsh, A. and Willis, J. B.
    [1992]
  7. Ian William Wark 1899-1985Historical Records of Australian Science 6 4 533-548 : Ian William Wark 1899-1985
    Rees, A. L. G.
    [1987]
  8. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    [2000]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/

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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Keith Leonard Sutherland, Dr., scientist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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