Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness) (1913-2001)

Also known as
Bob Robertson (1913-2001)
Robertson, Rutherford Ness, (FAA, FRS) (1913-2001)
Robertson, Rutherford Ness, (Sir) (1913-2001)
Robertson, Rutherford Ness (1913-2001)
Field of activity
Botanist; Biologist
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35456350
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Biographies

Sir Rutherford Robertson was Director of the School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University 1973-1978. Earlier he was Professor of Botany, University of Adelaide 1960-1969, and was President of ANZAAS in 1965 and of the Australian Academy of Science 1970-1974. He is commemorated by the Robertson Symposia and the Robertson Theatre at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University.

  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Science Research Scholar at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Linnean Macleay Fellow in Plant Physiology at the University of Sydney
  • Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
  • Career position - Assistant Lecturer, later Lecturer in Botany at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Senior Research Officer at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Food Preservation and Transport
  • Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
  • Career position - Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
  • Career position - Senior Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
  • Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • Career position - President of the Botany Section of ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Award - Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Career position - Chief Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport
  • Career position - Secretary (Biological Sciences) of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - Visiting Professor at the University of California, USA
  • Career position - Member of the Executive of CSIRO
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
  • Award - Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
  • Career position - Professor of Botany at the University of Adelaide
  • Award - Farrer Memorial Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - President of ANZAAS
  • Career position - Chairman of the Australian Research Grants Committee
  • Award - ANZAAS Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  • Career position - Master of University House at the Australian National University in Canberra
  • Award - ANZAAS Mueller Medal received (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)
  • Career position - President of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Ramaciotti Medical Research Foundation
  • Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
  • Career position - Director of the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University
  • Career position - Deputy Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Council
  • Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
  • Career position - Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University
  • Award - Robertson Symposia established by the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University
  • Award - Robertson Theatre opened at the Research School of Biological Sciences

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Sir Rutherford Ness (Bob) Robertson was one of Australia's most influential, best loved and respected scientists in second half of the last century. Descended from a dynasty of ministers of religion,...

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  • (Corporate Body) Australian Academy of Science (1954 - )

    <p>Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) 1954; President of the Australian Academy of Science 1970 - 1974, Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science (Biological Sciences) 1958, delivered 1975 Burnet lecture.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) (1930 - )

    <p>President of the Botany Section of ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science) 1965; ANZAAS Medallist 1968; ANZAAS Mueller Medal received 1970</p>

  • (Corporate Body) The University of Sydney (1850 - )

    <p>Rutherford Roberston held multiple positions at The University of Sydney between 1934 and 1946 including, Science Research Scholar (1934), Linnean Maclaey Fellow in Plant Pathology (1935 - 1936), Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in the School of Botany (1939 - 1946).</p>

  • (Corporate Body) CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (1940 - 1960)

    <p>Senior Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport (1946 - 1947); Senior Principal Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport (1952 - 1955); Chief Research Officer at the CSIRO Division of Food Preservation and Transport (1955 - 1959);</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Linnean Society of New South Wales (1874 - )

    <p>Rutherford Robertson was President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales in 1949.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Royal Society of New South Wales (1866 - )

    <p>Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Commonwealth of Australia (1949 - )

    <p>Member of the Executive of CSIRO</p>

  • (Corporate Body) The University of Adelaide (1874 - )

    <p>Roberston Rutherford was Professor of Botany at The University of Adelaide from 1962 to 1969.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Australian National University (1946 - )

    <p>Rutherford Roberston held multiple positions at the Australian National University between 1969 and 1986 including Master of University House (1969 - 1972), Pro-Chancellor (1984 - 1986), and Director of the Research School of Biological Sciences (1973 - 1978).</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Rural Credits Fund (1960s - ?)

    <p>Rutherford Robertson was Chairman on the Committee of Review, Rural Credits Development Fund 1970 - 1973.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Australian Science and Technology Council (1977 - 1997)

    <p>Rutherford Robertson was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Centre (1977 - 1981).</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Robertson, Rutherford Ness
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Interview with Sir Rutherford Robertson
    Blythe, Max
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 2002
    Series: Interviews with Australian scientists
  3. Sir Rutherford Ness (Bob) Robertson
    Ward, C.
    Published: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), 2011
    Series: CSIROpedia
  4. Robertson, Rutherford Ness - Ms 117
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 1994
    Series: Listing of Adolph Basser Library holdings
  5. Obituary: Rutherford Ness Robertson, AC, CMG
    Anderson, Brian
    Published: 2001
    Series: The Age
  6. Rutherford Ness Robertson 1913-2001
    Hatch, Marshall D., Osmond, Barry (C. B.), and Wiskich, Joseph T.
    Published: 2003
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 14, 4, 485-507
  7. Max Rudolf Lemberg
    Barrett, J.; Robertson, R. N.
    Published: 1979
    Series: Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 4, 1, 133-156
  8. Frederick William George White 1905-1994
    Minnett, H. C. and Robertson, Rutherford Sir
    Published: 1996
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 11, 2, 239-258
  9. The Three Societies Lecture: Penal Settlement to High Technology and the Future
    Robertson, Rutherford
    Published: Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the three societies, Edinburgh, 1989
  10. Osborn, Theodore George Bentley (1887-1973), Botanist, Ecologist and Academic
    Robertson, Rutherford
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 11, 99-100
  11. "A Society of Natural History. I hope they may succeed." - the first hundred years
    Robertson, R. N.
    Published: 1974
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 99, 1, 69-78
  12. Obituary: Theodore George Bentley Osborn, DSc, MA, FLS [includes list of publications]
    Robertson, R. N. and Eardley, C. M.
    Published: 1973
    Series: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 97, 4, 317-320
  13. Obituary. Professor T.G.B. Osborn
    Robertson, R. N. and White, N. H.
    Published: 1973
    Series: Search, 4, 11/12, 455
  14. Obituary. L.G.M. Baas Becking
    Robertson, R. N.
    Published: 1963
    Series: Australian Journal of Science, 26, 1, 15-16
  15. Robert Gordon Menzies (1894-1978)
    White, F. W.G.
    Published: 1980
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 5, 1, 68-102
  16. Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection
    Smith, Ailie
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2012
  17. John Stewart Turner 1908-1991
    Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C.
    Published: 1993
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 9, 3, 278-290

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  1. Papers
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1961-1978 ]
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  2. Rutherford Robertson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Sound : 1972 ]
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    Rutherford Robertson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  3. John MacCue, Rutherford Robertson, Hugh McKenna interviewed by Emily Lyle in Scottish oral tradition in Australia : the Emily Lyle Collection
    MacCue, John
    [ Sound : 1977 ]
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  4. Phytotrons, spectrophotometers and productivity / R.N.Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book : 1964 ]
    At National Library
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  5. Studies in plant respiration and related processes / by R.N. Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Thesis : 1961 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  6. Protons, electrons, phosphorylation and active transport / by R. N. Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book : 1968 ]
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    Protons, electrons, phosphorylation and active transport / by R. N. Robertson
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  7. From the temples of Aesculapius to the genetic code / R. N. Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book : 1966 ]
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  8. Sir William Macleay Memorial Lecture, 1974 : "A Society of natural history. I hope they may succeed." The first hundred years / by Rutherfor N. Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book ]
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  9. The lively membranes / R.N. Robertson
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    At 22 libraries
    The lively membranes / R.N. Robertson
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  10. Mechanism of absorption and transport of in organic nutrients in plants : [bibliog.]
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Book : 1951 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Papers
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1961-1978 ]
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on R. N. Robertson, botonist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Rutherford Robertson, Sir., scientist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  4. Rutherford Robertson interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Robertson, R. N. (Rutherford Ness), 1913-2001
    [ Sound : 1972 ]
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  5. John MacCue, Rutherford Robertson, Hugh McKenna interviewed by Emily Lyle in Scottish oral tradition in Australia : the Emily Lyle Collection
    MacCue, John
    [ Sound : 1977 ]
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  6. John C. MacCue, Janet MacCue, Rutherford Robertson and Hugh McKenna interviewed by Emily Lyle in Scottish oral tradition in Australia : the Emily Lyle Collection
    MacCue, John C
    [ Sound : 1977 ]
    At National Library
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    ... , the concern being taken over by James Rutherford, A. W. Robertson, W. F. Whitney, Walter R. Hall ... A PIONEER OF THE COACHING DAYS: THE LATE JAMES RUTHERFORD. THREE lamps above the ridges and gorges ... 4165 words
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    ... DEATH OF MR. A. W. ROBERTSON Very few of the pioneers of Victoria were better known than Mr A ... .   W. Robertson, and his numerous friends will learn with deep regret of his death, which occurred ... 816 words
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