Series 6 - Arthur Birch papers

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Arthur Birch papers


  • 1965-1994 (Creation)

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0.2 m (1 type 1 box)

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(1915 - 1995)

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Professor Arthur John Birch was born on 3 August 1915 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Birch held fellowships at the University of Oxford (1938-48) and Cambridge (1948-52), then Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney (1952-55) and Manchester University (1955-67). He joined the Australian National University as founding Dean of the Research School of Chemistry 1967-1970 and 1973-1976; Foundation Professor of Organic Chemistry, ANU 1967-1970. From the late 1980s until his death on 8 December 1995, Professor Birch devoted much energy to researching and recording the history of the Research School of Chemistry.

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These papers include published articles and papers prepared by Birch on Research School of Chemistry matters, as well as manuscripts for a history of the Research School and an autobiography 'Against the Stream'.


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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 17 August 2007; revised by Greg Bell on 19 July 2012




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