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The history of science, pure and applied, in Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific

John Melvin Swan 1924–2015

David J. Collins and Ian D. Rae

Historical Records of Australian Science 28(1) 58 - 65
Published: 08 May 2017


John Swan began his career as a chemist working in an explosives factory during World War 2, and attending evening classes at the Melbourne Technical College. His subsequent studies at the University of Melbourne and the University of London were followed by employment at CSIRO before he moved to Monash University in 1966 as Professor of Organic Chemistry. He was subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and then Dean of Science at Monash before ‘retiring'. His involvement in broader fields of science and technology, that had begun during his university years, then expanded and he made significant contributions to marine ecology, wool scouring and other fields. His was, from start to finish, an astonishing career, one that brought him great satisfaction as he worked with colleagues in government, industry, education and environment.


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