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Albert Lloyd George Rees

Albert Lloyd George Rees

The basics
Gender male
Birth January 15, 1916
Death August 14, 1989
The details

Albert Lloyd George Rees CBE, DSc, FAA (1916–1989) was an Australian chemical physicist.

He was born the son of the Rev. G.P. Rees of Melbourne, Australia and educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School, at Kew, Victoria, Australia. He then worked part-time as a laboratory assistant at Melbourne University whilst studying for a Chemistry degree, which he obtained in 1936. After further study for an M.Sc (awarded in 1938) he travelled to England to work at Imperial College. As war had broken out en-route he found himself investigating potential war gases, for which he was awarded a Ph.D in 1941.

After a few years of research at Philips Electrical Industries U.K., where he led a team studying problems associated with the manufacture of cathode ray tubes, he returned to Australia to take up a post at CSIR in Melbourne as leader of a new Section of Chemical Physics devoted to the application of physical techniques to chemical problems, including protein structure investigations, chemico-physical studies of the solid state, the determination of molecular structure and energetics, and the development of new and improved chemico-physical techniques. In 1958, having grown to a staff of 30 and equipped with X-ray diffraction equipment, a mass spectrometer, an ultra-violet and an infra-red spectrometer, the section became the Chemical Physics Division.

He was elected a fellow of the Australian Chemical Institute in 1948 and awarded their Rennie (1945), Smith (1951) and Leighton (1970) Medals. He became a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1954 and was awarded CBE in 1978.

He retired from CSIRO in 1978 and died in 1989. He had married Marion Mofflin and had 3 daughters.

Lloyd Rees Lecture

In 1990, the Council of the Australian Academy of Science agreed on the proposal of Sir Alan Walsh FAA to initiate a series of lectures by distinguished researchers in chemical physics, to recognise the contributions of Rees to science, industry and education.

The award has been made to:

  • 2016 — Keith Nugent
  • 2014 — Cathy Foley
  • 2012 — Joanne Etheridge
  • 2010 — Stephen W. Wilkins
  • 2008 — Michelle Simmons, Atomic electronics: When will scaling reach its limit?
  • 2006 — Jose Varghese
  • 2004 — Peter Hannaford
  • 2002 — D. Cockayne
  • 2000 — Peter Malcolm Colman
  • 1998 — R.A. Lee
  • 1996 — William R. Blevin
  • 1993 — William Edwin James
  • 1991 — John M. Cowley
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