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Archibald Liversidge

(1846—1927) chemist and promoter of science in Australia


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(1846–1927) was a geologist and promoter of science. Educated in England, in 1874 he became professor of geology and mineralogy at the University of Sydney, with few students and fewer facilities. Science had just become a matriculation subject in NSW, and Liversidge worked tirelessly to promote the discipline at both the secondary and tertiary level. He persuaded the university to create a faculty of science in 1879 and became its first dean; he was also one of the few who supported the admission of women to the university. He revived the local Royal Society, served as its secretary for 10 years, and initiated the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS). His major scientific work, The Minerals of New South Wales, was first published in 1876; enlarged editions appeared in 1882 and 1888.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.


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