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Donald, Colin Malcolm (1910 - 1985)

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Agricultural scientist and Agronomist
Born: 21 March 1910  Colchester, England.  Died: 14 March 1985.
Colin Malcolm Donald was Professor of Agronomy at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide 1954-73. Earlier he had been the Assistant Chief of the CSIR/O Division of Plant Industry 1934-54. He profoundly influenced pasture development in Australia by understanding the limitations to pasture growth imposed by soils and environment, and advanced our understanding of competition between plants when grown in communities. Donald is commemorated by the C.M. Donald Medal established in 1984 by the Australian Society of Agronomy.

Career Highlights

1928Diploma in Agriculture completed at Hawkesbury Agricultural College
1932Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1933 - 1934Researcher at the Agrostology Branch of the New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1934 - 1939Mineral deficiency Investigator at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute in Adelaide
1934 - 1954Research Officer at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) / CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1939Master of Agricultural Science completed at the University of Adelaide
1939 - 1941Pawlett Overseas Scholar studying pasture development in the UK, USA and New Zealand
1942 - 1945Seconded to the Department of War Organization of Industry, later Assistant Director of the Deparment, in charge of the Rural Industries Division in Melbourne
1943 - 1945Chairman of the Commonwealth Rural Production Goals Committee
1945 - 1954Assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry in Canberra
1946 - 1948President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, Australian Capital Territory branch
1954 - 1973Professor of Agriculture at the University of Adelaide and Head of the Department of Agronomy at Waite Agricultural Research Institute
1955 - 1973Member of the Advisory Council of Roseworthy Agricultural College
1956 - 1957President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, South Australian branch
1960President of the South Australian Branch, Australian Society for Animal Production
1961 - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (FAIAS)
1961 - 1965Member of the CSIRO Advisory Council
1962Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
1963President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1964Australian Medal of Agricultural Science received
1965Farrer Memorial Medal received
1968 - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1973 - Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Adelaide
1979Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1984C.M. Donald Medal established by the Australian Society of Agronomy

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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