Ducker, S. C. (Sophie Charlotte) (1909-)

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Ducker, S. C. (1909-)
Ducker, S. C. (Sophie Charlotte)
Ducker, Sophie Charlotte
Ducker, Sophie Charlotte, (AM) (1909-2004)
Ducker, Sophie Charlotte (1909-)
Klemperer Edle von Klemenau, Sophie Charlotte (1909-2004)
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Botanist; Academics - Botany
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Sophie Ducker was a renowned botanist and Australian botanical historian. Born in Germany, Ducker fled many war zones to eventually settle in Australia around 1941. She joined the University of Melbourne's Botany Department as a Technical Assistant in 1944, retiring as a senior lecturer in Botany in 1974. She was particularly interested in phycology - the study of seaweed, and studying the many 18th and 19th century explorers, botanists and artists who first described Australia. Ducker has an annual postgraduate scholarship endowed in her name.

Ducker began her botanical studies at the Universities of Geneva and Stuttgart, but stopped in 1931 when she married Dr Johann Friedrich Ducker, executive officer of Germany's Chamber of Commerce. Soon afterwards she had her only child, a son. Due to the out-beak of war, Ducker and her family were forced to leave Germany and in 1938 they settled in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). She became trapped in Rhodesia for a year in 1939 as a result of World War II and with much grit and determination, eventually made her way back to Tehran to meet up with her family. Then in 1941, war once again forced the Duckers to flee their home and they ended up in Australia.

Now aged 35, Ducker was still determined to work in the field of botany. In 1944 she worked as a research assistant for Dr Ethel McLennan at The University of Melbourne's botany school, studying the relatively new field of the anti-biotic properties of fungi and soil microorganisms. Ducker also completed (part-time) her BSc and Masters degrees during this time. She went on to specialize in marine botany, especially algae, and initiated the 1969 and 1973 studies of Port Phillip Bay. Ducker also became a competent lecturer, supervisor and historian. After her 'official' retirement in 1974, Sophie Ducker continued her research which expanded to include the study of flowering marine plants, and researching the histories of the earliest recorders of Australia's flora, especially the seaweeds. Sophie Ducker donated around 1200 books on botany, including one written by St Augustine in 1466, to the University of Melbourne's Baillieu Library.

  • Education - Completed junior schooling at Cheltenham Ladies College
  • Life event - Married Dr Johann Friedrich Ducker
  • Life event - Moved to Persia (Iran) with her husband and son
  • Career position - Research Assistant at the University of Melbourne
  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Lecturer in Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Reader at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Senior Research Associate at the University of Melbourne
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Member of the Melbourne University Committee of Convocation
  • Career position - was published
  • Education - Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) received from the University of Melbourne
  • Award - ANZAAS Mueller Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)

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Sophie Charlotte Ducker was born in Dresden in 1909. She and family fled Germany in 1938 and upon arriving in Australia were interned in the Enemy Aliens Detention Centre in Tatura. After her release in 1944 she became a technical assistant in the Botany School - botany had been an abiding interest since childhood - under the mentorship of Dr Ethel McLennan, and studied part-time for a BSc. In 1953 she was appointed Senior Demonstrator and by the time of her retirement in 1974, she was a Reader in Botany. Her special area was marine biology, which she introduced to the Botany School curriculum. After retirement her interests expanded to include seagrasses and those botanists who had first described Australian flora, the latter resulted in her publication of the edited letters of William Harvey, 'The Contented Botanist', in 1988. She was awarded an AM, DSc and LLB (Hons). Sophie Ducker died on 20 May, 2004.

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Sophie Charlotte Ducker was born in Dresden in 1909. She and family fled Germany in 1938 and upon arriving in Australia were interned in the Enemy Aliens Detention Centre in Tatura. After her release in 1944 she became a technical assistant in the Botany School - botany had been an abiding interest since childhood - under the mentorship of Dr Ethel McLennan, and studied part-time for a BSc. In 1953 she was appointed Senior Demonstrator and by the time of her retirement in 1974, she was a Reader in Botany. Her special area was marine biology, which she introduced to the Botany School curriculum. After retirement her interests expanded to include seagrasses and those botanists who had first described Australian flora, the latter resulted in her publication of the edited letters of William Harvey, 'The Contented Botanist', in 1988. She was awarded an AM, DSc and LLB (Hons). Sophie Ducker died on 20 May, 2004.

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    <p>Sophie Ducker had a extensive career at The University of Melbourne in the field of Botany beginning as a Research Assistant in 1945 and retiring as a Senior Research Associate in 1974.</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Ducker, Sophie Charlotte
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Cambridge - Castlemaine: a Tribute to John Stewart Turner on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday
    Clifford, Harold T.
    Published: Botany Department, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 1988
  3. Sophie Ducker's Contribution to the History of Botany
    Maroske, Sara
    Published: 2004
    Series: Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 120, 20-25
  4. Cross-National Careers: the Interchange of Women Scientists to and From Australia
    Allen, Nessy
    Published: Black Swan Press, Perth, 1992
    Series: Australia in the world: perceptions and possibilities: papers from the Outside Images of Australia Conference, Perth, 1992
  5. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  6. Sophie Charlotte Ducker: a Mycological Appreciation
    May, Tom W.
    Published: 2004
    Series: Australasian Mycologist, 23, 108-9
  7. Ethel McLennan (1891-1983) botanist
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
    Series: 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
  8. An early overland expedition to Wilsons Promontory
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1998
    Series: Victorian Naturalist, 115, 292-5
  9. Australian phycology: the German influence
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: Academic Press, Sydney, 1981
    Series: People and plants in Australia, 116-38
  10. History of Australian phycology: early German collectors and botanists
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, London, 1981
    Series: History in the service of systematics: papers from the conference to celebrate the centenary of the British Museum (Natural History) 13-16 April 1981, 43-51
  11. John Stewart Turner 1908-1991
    Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C.
    Published: 1993
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 9, 3, 278-290
  12. Port Phillip Heads: a phycological saga
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1983
    Series: Phycologia, 22, 431-443
  13. Lucas, Arthur Henry Shakespeare (1853-1936), School Master and Biologist
    Ducker, Sophic C.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 163-164
  14. Studies in Marine Botany: Collected Papers
    Ducker, Sophie
    Published: University of Melbourne, 1978
  15. James Fleming: the First Gardener on the River Yarra, Victoria
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1986
    Series: Archives of Natural History, 13, 123-140
  16. History of Australian Phycology: the significance of early French exploration
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1980
    Series: Brunonia, 2, 1, 19-42
  17. Harvey, William Henry (1811-1866), botanist
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1972
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4, 357-358
  18. W. H. Harvey in New South Wales: Letters by the Phycologist W. H. Harvey, Written in New South Wales in 1855
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1995
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 115, 213-223
  19. Early Austrian Influence on Australian Botany
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990
    Series: History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, 297-304
  20. Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 13, 3, 359-361
  21. Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 13, 3, 359-361
  22. Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 13, 4, 532
  23. Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 13, 3, 363-364
  24. Wood, Edward James Ferguson (1904-1972), Marine Microbiologist
    Ducker, Sophie C. and Jenkin, John
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 16, 577
  25. An Austrian Gentleman Gardener in the Swan River Colony
    Ducker, Sophie C.
    Published: 1984
    Series: Australian Garden Journal, 3, 94-96

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  1. [Portrait of Sophie Ducker, 1987] Mark Strizic
    Strizic, Mark, 1928-
    [ Photograph : 1987 ]
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