Anderson, Jan (1932-)

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Plant Biochemist
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Jan Anderson is an international expert on photosynthesis research. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University since 1996 and was Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO's Division of Plant Industry.

After completing her studies in New Zealand, Jane Anderson undertook a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of California. From there she moved to Australia to work for Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) at their Canberra Division of Plant industry. By 1982 Anderson had become Chief Research Scientist their, a position she held until her retirement in . Anderson is presently an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University. Throughout her research career, Jan Anderson travelled to and collaborated with many Universities around the world (UK, USA, Sweden). Her research interests include the molecular organisation of thyakoid membranes, the molecular mechanisms of light regulation in higher plants, and the structural/functional dynamics of photosystem II.

  • 1954 Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of New Zealand
  • 1956 Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of New Zealand
  • 1957 - 1959 Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of California, USA
  • 1960 Career position - Research Scientist at the Ruakura Agricultural Station at DSIR in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1961 - 1981 Career position - Research Scientist at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant Industry, Canberra
  • 1965 - 1966 Career position - Carnegie Research Fellow in Plant Biology at Stanford, USA
  • 1966 Career position - C. F. Kettering Research Fellow at the Yellow Springs in Ohio, USA
  • 1973 - 1974 Career position - Ann Horton Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1973 - 1974 Career position - Marie Cobot Fellow with the Biological Laboratories at Harvard University, USA
  • 1982 - Career position - Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry in Canberra
  • 1982 Career position - Visiting Professor in Molecular Plant Biology at the University of California in Berkeley, USA
  • 1983 Award - Lemberg Medal received from the Australian Biochemistry Society
  • 1986 Career position - Visiting Professor at the Chemical Centre at the University of Lund, Sweden
  • 1987 - Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • 1989 Career position - Visiting Professor in Molecular Plant Biology at the University of California in Berkeley, USA
  • 1995 Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of Umea, Sweden
  • 1996 - Career position - Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU)
  • 1996 - Career position - Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS)
  • 1998 Education - Honorary Doctorate received from the University of Umea in Sweden

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/wisa/wisa.html
  2. Profiles, Australian women scientists
    Bhathal, Ragbir
    [1999]
    Published: National Library of Australia
  3. National Library of Australia Pictures Collection: Jan Anderson, Portrait (9 August 1996)
    Black and white photograph. Part of a collection of photographs of Jan Anderson being interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal.
    PIC NL37974
  4. National Library of Australia Oral History Collection: Interview with Jan Anderson, plant biochemist and international expert in photosynthesis research, Chief Research Scientist, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO (sound recording), interviewer: Ragbir Bhathal (9 August 1996)
    2 compact discs (c. 110 minutes) and a 48 page transcript. Anderson discusses her early life in a middle class family in the mountainous district of Queenstown, N.Z., how she lived outdoors much of the time stimulating her interest in the natural world, her expectation of becoming a school teacher despite her father's wish that she become a doctor like him, the restrictive atmosphere of a girls school, how she obtained a bonded scholarship to University of Otago where her father had gone, how she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in organic chemistry leading to a scholarship for a masters degree, how she was bonded to undertake teachers college which was interrupted by the offer of another scholarship to the University of California for a doctorate in biochemistry, how from 1956 she was supervised by Melvin Calvin an expert in photosynthesis.
    TRC 3479

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  1. Jan Anderson interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal for the Australian women scientists oral history project
    Anderson, Jan (1932-)
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Jan Anderson interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal for the Australian women scientists oral history project
    Anderson, Jan (1932-)
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Collection of portraits of Dr. Jan Anderson, 9 August 1996 [National Library of Australia]
    National Library of Australia
    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
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  3. [Portrait of Dr. Jan Anderson, 9 August 1996] [National Library of Australia]
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