Swan, John Melvin (1924-)

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Swan, John Melvin
Swan, John Melvin, (AO, FAA, FTSE) (1924-2015)
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Chemist
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John Swan was a chemist whose research interests included peptides, amino acids, proteins, sulphur chemistry, organometallic and organophosphorus chemistry. Among his projects were the synthesis of the peptide oxytocin and the analysis of cigarette smoke. During his years at ICIANZ and CSIRO Swan worked on analysis of explosives, the manufacture of drugs and insecticides, and properties of wool and other keratins. Swan was Professor of Organic Chemistry at Monash University from 1966 to 1984, during which time he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was influential in establishment of Graduate School of Environmental Science at Monash, forging links between Monash and organisations such as Bureau of Meteorology for which he was for a time a member of its Meteorology Policy Committee. In retirement Swan worked on improved, non-polluting ways of cleaning wool which, though successful, were not commercially viable. Swan was actively involved in policy and advisory committees concerned with marine environments, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Marine Sciences and Technologies Advisory Committee, and those relating to the health and management of Port Philip and Western Port Bays in Victoria. He also chaired the CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology.

  • Career position - Junior Laboratory Assistant, No. 5 Explosives Factory, ICIANZ
  • Career position - Laboratory assistant, ICIANZ Research Laboratory, Deer Park, Melbourne
  • Education - Associate Diploma in Applied Chemistry, Royal Melbourne Technical College
  • Education - Diploma of Applied Chemistry, Melbourne Technology College
  • Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Award - CSIR scholarship for study in London
  • Education - PhD, Imperial College, London
  • Career position - Research Scientist, Biochemistry Unit, CSIRO Wool Textile Research Laboratories
  • Career position - Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Award - Fulbright Fellowship for study at Cornell University Medical School, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Organising Secretary, 1st International Wool Textile Research Conference, Melbourne
  • Career position - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Career position - Editor,
  • Career position - Research Scientist (later Chief Research Scientist), CSIRO Division of Organic Chemistry
  • Career position - Member, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Foundation Professor of Organic Chemistry, Monash University
  • Career position - President, Victorian Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Award - Liversidge Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Education - DSc, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Member, CSIRO Advisory Council
  • Career position - Member, Australian-Asian Universities Cooperation Scheme
  • Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - Member of organising committee and co-ordinating Editor, 22nd International Congress on Pure and Applied Chemistry and 22nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Sydney
  • Career position - Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
  • Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of Victoria
  • Career position - Chair of the Scientific Committee, Western Port Bay Environmental Study
  • Career position - Member, Victorian Conservation Trust
  • Career position - Member of Executive, Australian-Asian Universities Cooperation Scheme
  • Career position - Chairman, Queen's Fellowships in Marine Science
  • Career position - Dean, Faculty of Science, Monash University
  • Career position - Member, Meteorology Policy Committee
  • Career position - Member, Australian Research Grants Commission
  • Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Career position - Member, Australian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Career position - Chairman, Advisory Board, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
  • Career position - Chairman, Australian Marine Sciences and Technologies Advisory Committee (AMSTAC)
  • Career position - Foundation Member, Scientific Advisory Board, CRA Limited
  • Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - Chairman, Victorian Conservation Trust
  • Career position - Member, National Advisory Board, Australian Science Archives Project
  • Life event - Retired
  • Career position - Member, Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Advisory and Review Committee, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Career position - Emeritus Professor, Monash University
  • Career position - Chairman, Tide International Pty Ltd
  • Career position - Honorary Research Associate, Howard Florey Institute for Experimental Physiology and Medicine
  • Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Port Phillip Bay Environmental Study
  • Career position - Member, Crown-of-Thorns Research Committee, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Career position - Member Science and Humanities Committee, Museum Victoria
  • Career position - Chairman, Western Port Seagrass Partnership
  • Career position - Chairman, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Career position - Member, Westernport Region Water Authority (later Westernport Water Board)
  • Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Port Phillip Bay Environmental Study
  • Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology
  • Award - DSc honoris causa, Monash University
  • Award - ANZAAS Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Career position - Honorary Principal Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Member, Victorian Coastal Council
  • Award - Centenary medal for service to improving the environmental health of Westernport
  • Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service as an outstanding contributor to the advancement of Australian science, particularly in the fields of chemistry, marine science and meteorology, to education, and to the management, protection and conservation of the natural environment
  • Career position - Chairman, Western Port Seagrass Partnership

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Swan, John Melvin
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Swan, John Melvin - Ms 119
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 1994
    Series: Listing of Adolph Basser Library holdings
  3. Obituaries
    Published: 2015
    Series: Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, 101
  4. Interview with Professor John Swan
    Brown, Ron
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 2008
    Series: Interviews with Australian scientists
  5. John Swan was a Monash giant
    Anon
    Published: 2015
    Series: Focus, 191, 43
  6. John Melvin Swan 1924 - 2015
    Collins, David J. and Rae, Ian D.
    Published: 2017
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 28, 1, 58-65
  7. John Melvin Swan 25 April 1924 - 15 June 2015
    Rae, Ian D.
    Published: 2015
    Series: Chemistry in Australia, 2015/6, Dec/Jan, 31
  8. Early history of the electron spectroscopy project and the University of Western Australia: first definitive identification of surface and bulk plasmons
    Powell, Cedric
    Published: 2016
    Series: Australian Physics, 53, 3, 88-94
  9. Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection
    Smith, Ailie
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2012
  10. Science and the making of Victoria
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

Resources by John Melvin Swan (9)

  1. Personal papers
    Swan, John Melvin, 1924-
    [ Unpublished : 1956 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Studies towards the synthesis of penicillin / presented by John Melvin Swan
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Thesis : 1949 ]
    At Black Mountain
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  3. Studies on the chemistry of proteins, peptides, and amino acids / John Melvin Swan
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Thesis : 1964 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  4. David Syme Research Prize 1965 / J.M. Swan
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Thesis : 1965 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  5. Matriculation organic chemistry : a learning program / by J. M. Swan and P. W. Eastwood
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  6. Organometallics in organic synthesis / [by] J.M. Swan [and] D. St. C. Black
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Book : 1974 ]
    At 21 libraries
    Organometallics in organic synthesis / [by] J.M. Swan [and] D. St. C. Black
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  7. John Swan interviewed by Peter Pockley
    Swan, John Melvin
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    John Swan interviewed by Peter Pockley
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  8. Organic chemistry : a first university course in twelve programs, by F.W. Eastwood, J.M. Swan [and] Jean B. Youatt
    Eastwood, F.W
    [ Book : 1967 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. Organic chemistry : a first university course in twelve programs / by F. W. Eastwood, J. M. Swan [and] Jean B. Youatt
    Eastwood, Frank Warburton
    [ Book : 1967-1972 ]
    At 19 libraries
    Organic chemistry : a first university course in twelve programs / by F. W. Eastwood, J. M. Swan [and] Jean B. Youatt
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    Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Swan speaking to part-time students and families at special Orientation Day
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    Professor of Chemistry John M. Swan
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    Professor of Chemistry John M. Swan
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    Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor J. M. Swan (second left) with Soviet scientific delegation and embassy officials

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  1. HEAD OF THE SWAN RIVER
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 19 May 1945 p 18 Article Illustrated
    ... . HEAD OF THE SWAN RIVER By OLD BOY The annual race for the Head of the Swan in Perth must have been a ... the training. The stroke, W. H. Melvin, stroked the first four last year, and is a foot ... 911 words
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  2. THE FLOODED MURRAY. Swan Reach, October 21.
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 29 October 1921 p 11 Article
    ... THE FLOODED MURRAY. Swan Reach, October 21. As a result of the flooded river the punt at Swan Reach ... from Swan Hill with a lair cargo and passenger-list. She left for Swan Hill on Tues day with a full ... 6698 words
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  3. Family Notices
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Friday 24 January 1913 p 35 Family Notices
    ... January 10, at Nurse Stockley's Swan Maternity Hospital, 47 Newcastle-street, Perth, to Mr. and Mrs. J. V ... . —On January 6, at Nurse Stockley's Swan Maternity Hospital, 47 Newcastle-street, Perth, to Mr. and Mrs ... 1537 words
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  2. John Melvin Swan 25 April 1924 - 15 June 2015
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  3. Swan Lake (18 April 1964 - 30 April 1964) [Event Description]
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