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Sir Rupert Horace Myers, KBE, AO, FTSE, FAA (21 February 1921 – 21 February 2019) was an Australian metallurgist, academic and university administrator, who was the third vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 1969 to 1981.[1] He was the second person to be awarded a PhD by an Australian University.[2] He died on 21 February 2019 on his 98th birthday.[3]


Rupert Myers

Born(1921-02-21)21 February 1921
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died21 February 2019(2019-02-21) (aged 98)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne (BSc, MSc, PhD)
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire (1976)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (1979)
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1981)
Officer of the Order of Australia (1995)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (1997)
Scientific career
FieldsMetallurgy
InstitutionsAtomic Energy Research Establishment (1948–52)
University of New South Wales (1952–81)
ThesisThe preparation and properties of tantalum and some of its alloys (1948)
Doctoral advisorJ. Neill Greenwood

HonoursEdit

In the New Year Honours of 1976, Myers was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his work as Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales.[4] He was further recognised for his "service to education, science and the community" on being knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1981 and,[5] in the Australia Day Honours of 1995, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his efforts in promoting "innovation and commerce in the fields of science technology and engineering."[6] On 1 January 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his "service to Australian society and science."[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Vice-Chancellors of the University of New South Wales Exhibition". UNSW Records & Archives Office. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  2. ^ Dobson, Ian R. "PhDs in Australia, from the beginning" (PDF). files.eric.ed.gov. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ UNSW: Vice-Chancellors Exhibition
  4. ^ "No. 46777". The London Gazette. 1 January 1976. p. 21.
  5. ^ "No. 48640". The London Gazette. 13 June 1981. p. 38.
  6. ^ Sturkey, Douglas (26 January 1995). "Australia Day 1995 Honours" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Myers, Rupert Horace awarded the Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Philip Baxter
Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales
1969–1981
Succeeded by
Michael Birt