Ronald Drayton Brown 1927–2008
Peter D. Godfrey, Francis P. Larkins and John M. Swan
Historical Records of Australian Science
21(2) 191 - 220
Published: 03 November 2010
Ronald Drayton Brown AM, FAA (1927–2008) was born in Melbourne and had a distinguished scientific career spanning more than sixty years. He was an outstanding, internationally respected researcher in the fields of theoretical chemistry, microwave spectroscopy and galactochemistry, publishing more than 300 scientific papers, three books and three patents. He had the unique distinction of being the first professor appointed to the newly established Monash University in 1959. As Foundation Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department he had the vision, leadership skills and commitment to establish a Department that was to become one of the finest in Australia. He was a mentor to many staff and students. His legacy will shape the direction of Monash chemistry for many years.
Full text doi:10.1071/HR10010
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