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Royal Society of South Australia

The Royal Society of South Australia (RSSA) is a Learned Society whose interest is in Science, particularly, but not only, of South Australia.

The Society stems directly from the Adelaide Philosophical Society founded on 10 January 1853. The title "Royal" was granted by her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1880 and the Society became known by its present designation. It was incorporated in 1883.

Contents

  • Adelaide Philosophical Society 1
  • Membership 2
  • Awards and medals 3
  • List of presidents 4
  • Verco Medal recipients 5
  • Notable members 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Adelaide Philosophical Society

The Society had its origins in a meeting at the Stephens Place home of J. L. Young (founder of the Adelaide Educational Institution) on the evening of 10 January 1853. Members inducted were Messrs. John Brown, John Howard Clark, Davy, Doswell, Charles Gregory Feinaigle, Gilbert, Gosse, Hamilton, Hammond, W. B. Hays, Jones, Kay, Mann, W. W. Whitridge, Williams, Wooldridge and John Lorenzo Young.[1] J. Howard Clark was elected secretary. On 15 September rules were adopted and His Excellency the Governor Sir Henry Young was elected president.[2] At the time of its first Annual General Meeting membership had risen to 35.[3]

It became the Royal Society of South Australia late in 1880, to follow the terminology adopted by the other Australian colonies, and perhaps hoping to emulate their success.[4]

Membership

There are five classes of members:[5]

  • Honorary Fellows,
  • Sustaining Fellows,
  • Fellows,
  • Associate Fellows and
  • Student Fellows

Awards and medals

The society awards:[6]

List of presidents

Royal Society of South Australia Presidents:[7]
Term Name
1853–1854 Young, Sir HenrySir Henry Young
1855 Babbage, BenjaminBenjamin Babbage
1856–1861 MacDonnell, Sir RichardSir Richard MacDonnell
1862–1868 Daly, Sir DominickSir Dominick Daly
1869–1872 Ferguson, JamesJames Ferguson
1877 Jervois, Sir WilliamSir William Jervois
1878–1879 Tate , RalphRalph Tate
1880–1881 Way, Sir SamuelSir Samuel Way
1882 Todd, Sir CharlesSir Charles Todd
1883 Whittell, H. J.H. J. Whittell
1884 Lamb, Sir HoraceSir Horace Lamb
1885 Mais, HenryHenry Mais [8]
1886–1889 Rennie, EdwardEdward Rennie
1889 Stirling, Sir EdwardSir Edward Stirling
1890–1891 Blackburn, ThomasThomas Blackburn [9]
1892–1894 Tate, RalphRalph Tate (2nd term)
1895–1896 Howchin, WalterWalter Howchin
1897–1899 Cleland, William LennoxWilliam Lennox Cleland
1900–1903 Rennie, EdwardEdward Rennie (2nd term)
1903–1921 Verco , Sir JosephSir Joseph Verco
1921 Rogers, Richard SandersRichard Sanders Rogers [10]
1922–1924 Pulleine, RobertRobert Pulleine [11]
1925 Mawson, Sir DouglasSir Douglas Mawson
1926 Osborn , TheodoreTheodore Osborn
1927 Jones, Frederic WoodFrederic Wood Jones
1927–1928 Cleland, Sir JohnSir John Cleland
1929–1930 Ward, Leonard KeithLeonard Keith Ward
1931 Fenner, CharlesCharles Fenner [12]
1932 Johnston, Thomas HarveyThomas Harvey Johnston [13]
1933 Prescott, James ArthurJames Arthur Prescott
1934 Black, John McConnellJohn McConnell Black
1935 Campbell , Thomas DraperThomas Draper Campbell [14]
1936 Madigan, CecilCecil Madigan
1937 Hale, Herbert MathewHerbert Mathew Hale [15]
1938 Davidson, JamesJames Davidson [16][17]
1939 Fry, HenryHenry Fry
1940 Segnit, R. W.R. W. Segnit
1941 Cleland, Sir JohnSir John Cleland (2nd term)
1942 Wood, Joseph GarnettJoseph Garnett Wood
1943 Cooke, William TernentWilliam Ternent Cooke [18]
1944 Womersley , HerbertHerbert Womersley [19]
1945 Mawson, Sir DouglasSir Douglas Mawson (2nd term)
1946 Piper, Clarence SherwoodClarence Sherwood Piper [20]
1947 Trumble, Hugh ChristianHugh Christian Trumble [21]
1948 Swan , D. C.D. C. Swan
1949 Tindale , NormanNorman Tindale [22]
1950 Kleeman, A. W.A. W. Kleeman
1951 Cotton, B. C.B. C. Cotton
1952 Andrewartha, H. G.H. G. Andrewartha [23]
1953 Dickinson , S. B.S. B. Dickinson
1954 Taylor, J. K.J. K. Taylor
1955 Southcott, R. V.R. V. Southcott
1956 Stephens, C. G.C. G. Stephens
1957 Thomas , I. M.I. M. Thomas
1958 Parkin , L. W.L. W. Parkin
1959–1960 Lothian, T. R. N.T. R. N. Lothian
1961 Southcott, R. V.R. V. Southcott (2nd term)
1962 Ludbrook, N. H.N. H. Ludbrook
1963 Hutton , J. T.J. T. Hutton
1964 Alderman , A. R.A. R. Alderman
1965 Edmonds, S.J.S.J. Edmonds
1966 Daily, B.B. Daily
1967 Womersley, H. B. S.H. B. S. Womersley
1968 Miles, K. R.K. R. Miles
1969 Mitchell, F. J.F. J. Mitchell
1970 Wells, C. B.C. B. Wells
1971 Inglis, W. G.W. G. Inglis
1972 Wopfner, H.H. Wopfner
1973 Lee, K. E.K. E. Lee
1974 Gross , G. F.G. F. Gross
1975 Holmes , J. W.J. W. Holmes
1976 Twidale, C. R.C. R. Twidale
1977 Webb, B. P.B. P. Webb
1978 Szent-Ivany, J. J. H.J. J. H. Szent-Ivany
1979 Ling, J. K.J. K. Ling
1980 Shepherd, S. A.S. A. Shepherd
1981 Bonython , WarrenWarren Bonython
1982–1983 Corbett, D. W. P.D. W. P. Corbett
1984 Womersley, J. S.J. S. Womersley
1985–1986 Tyler, M. J.M. J. Tyler
1987 Scott, T. D.T. D. Scott
1988–1989 Mayo, G. M. E.G. M. E. Mayo
1990–1992 Locket , N. A.N. A. Locket
1992–1994 Williams, W. D.W. D. Williams
1994–1996 Davies, M.M. Davies
1996–1998 White, T. C. R.T. C. R. White
1998–2000 Williams, M. A. J.M. A. J. Williams
2000–2002 Alley, N. F.N. F. Alley
2002–2004 Wiebkin, O. W.O. W. Wiebkin
2004–2006 Fitzpatrick, Rob W.Rob W. Fitzpatrick [24]
2006–2008 Pring, AllanAllan Pring [25]
2008–2010 Jennings, JohnJohn Jennings [26]
2010–2012 Souter, NickNick Souter

Verco Medal recipients

"The medal shall be awarded for distinguished scientific work published by a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia. It is the highest honour that the Society can bestow on one of its Fellows. Only those who have made a significant, outstanding contribution to their field(s) of study receive the award."[6]

The medal is named in honour of Joseph Verco. The first award of the medal was to Prof Walter Howchin in 1929.[27]

Previous winners include:
Year Name
1966 Alderman
2004 Alley, NevilleNeville Alley [28]
1962 Andrewartha, HerbertHerbert Andrewartha
1996 Archer (paleontologist), MikeMike Archer (paleontologist)
1989 Beveridge, IanIan Beveridge
1930 Black, John McConnellJohn McConnell Black
2003 Bowie, JohnJohn Bowie [29]
1933 Cleland, John BurtonJohn Burton Cleland
De Deckker, PatrickPatrick De Deckker
1960 Finlayson, Henry HerbertHenry Herbert Finlayson
1999 Fitzpatrick, RobRob Fitzpatrick
1970 Glaessner, MartinMartin Glaessner [30]
1946 Hale, Herbert M.Herbert M. Hale
1935 Johnston, Thomas HarveyThomas Harvey Johnston [31]
1929 Howchin, WalterWalter Howchin
1976 Hutton
1963 Ludbrook
1945 Madigan, CecilCecil Madigan
1931 Mawson, DouglasDouglas Mawson
1971 Mountford, Charles P.Charles P. Mountford
1972 Parkin
1957 Piper, Clarence SherwoodClarence Sherwood Piper [32]
1938 Prescott, James ArthurJames Arthur Prescott
1967 Pryor
2008 Shepherd, ScoresbyScoresby Shepherd
2010 Smith, MikeMike Smith [33]
1965 Southcott
1961 Specht
1968 Sprigg, RegReg Sprigg
1959 Stephens
1974 Thomas
1975 Thomson
1956 Tindale, NormanNorman Tindale
1980 Tyler, Michael J.Michael J. Tyler
1955 Ward, Leonard KeithLeonard Keith Ward
White, TomTom White
2007 Williams, MartinMartin Williams [34]
1990 Williams, William David (Bill)William David (Bill) Williams [35]
1943 Womersley, HerbertHerbert Womersley
1969 Womersley, Hugh Bryan SpencerHugh Bryan Spencer Womersley [36]
1944 Wood, Joseph GarnettJoseph Garnett Wood
1973 Wopfner [37]
1932 not awarded
1934 not awarded
1936–1937 not awarded
1939–1942 not awarded
1947–1954 not awarded
1958 not awarded
1964 not awarded

Notable members

Notable members of the Royal Society of South Australia have included:

See also

References

  1. ^ Adelaide Philosophical Society South Australian Register 11 January 1853 p.3 accessed 30 May 2011
  2. ^ Adelaide Philosophical Society South Australian Register 19 September 1853 p.3 accessed 30 May 2011
  3. ^ Adelaide Philosophical Society South Australian Register 30 January 1854 p.3 accessed 30 May 2011
  4. ^
  5. ^ Membership, Royal Society of South Australia Inc.
  6. ^ a b Awards & Medals, Royal Society of South Australia Inc.
  7. ^ List of Presidents, RSSA
  8. ^ Sally O'Neill, 'Mais, Henry Coathupe (1827–1916)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press, 1974, pp 200-201
  9. ^ Blackburn, Thomas (1844–1912), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  10. ^ Joyce Gibberd, 'Rogers, Richard Sanders (1861–1942)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, p. 443.
  11. ^ Neville Hicks, Helen McIntosh, 'Pulleine, Robert Henry (1869–1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, pp 306-307.
  12. ^ Lynne Trethewey, 'Fenner, Charles Albert Edward (1884–1955)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 481-482.
  13. ^ Dorothea F. Sandars, 'Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881–1951)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, p. 501.
  14. ^ Tasman Brown, Ruth Rogers, 'Campbell, Thomas Draper (1893–1967)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, Melbourne University Press, 1993, pp 361-362.
  15. ^ Hale, Herbert Mathew (1895–1963), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  16. ^ Davidson, James (1885–1945), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  17. ^ T. O. Browning, 'Davidson, James (1885–1945)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 226-227.
  18. ^ Cooke, William Ternent (1877–1957), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
    Margaret Macilwain, 'Cooke, Constance Mary Ternent (1882–1967)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, Melbourne University Press, 2005, pp 76-77.
  19. ^ Womersley, Herbert (1889–1962), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  20. ^ Piper, Clarence Sherwood (1903–1988), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  21. ^ Trumble, Hugh Christian (1903–), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  22. ^ Tindale, Norman Barnett (1900–1993), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  23. ^ Andrewartha, Herbert George (1907–1992), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
    L. C. Birch and T. O. Browning, Herbert George Andrewartha 1907-1992, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol.9, no.3, 1993.
  24. ^ Dr. Rob W. Fitzpatrick, CSIRO
  25. ^ Dr. Allan Pring, SA Museum
  26. ^ Dr. John Jennings, University of Adelaide
  27. ^ Award of the Sir Joseph Verco Medal 1929-1976, TRSSA, Vol 100, p.208, www.samuseum.sa.gov.au
  28. ^ The Board of South East Energy
  29. ^ Frog research – more than skin deep, 16 December 2003, also at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news635.html
  30. ^ Glaessner, Martin Fritz (1906–1989), www.eoas.info
  31. ^ Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881–1951), www.eoas.info
  32. ^ Piper, Clarence Sherwood (1903–1988), www.eoas.info
  33. ^ Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia
  34. ^ Royal Society honours for two, Adelaidean, October 2007, www.adelaide.edu.au
  35. ^ Williams, William David (1936–), www.eoas.info
  36. ^ Womersley, Hugh Bryan Spencer (1922–), www.eoas.info
  37. ^ Dr Helmut Wopfner—Biography, PESA News, June/July 2010, p.56
  38. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Cumming, D.A. and Moxham, G. They Built South Australia published by the authors February 1986 ISBN 0-9589111-0-X

External links

  • Royal Society of South Australia homepage
  • Glossy brochure, RSSA
  • Logo, RSSA
  • The Story of the Royal Scoiety, The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA), 22 March 1929, p. 13
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