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Office of the Professor of Natural Science (1854 - 1899)

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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Natural Science was estabished at the University of Melbourne under foundation Professor Frederick McCoy in 1854, and ended when he died in 1899. Subjects areas taught included chemistry, zoology, botany, geology and geography.

Alternative Names:
  • School of Natural Science (Parallel)
Additional Information:

New Professors at the University of Melbourne were appointed at a salary 300 below that of the four 'Foundation Professors'. This was partly due to the shortage of money and also the view that as specialists they would not have to 'profess' so widely. The University did not allow enough time for overseas applicants to apply.


McCoy's System Garden is established in the north west corner of the University of Melbourne grounds.


New wing added to the quadrangle building [north] which houses McCoy and Wilson's lecture theatres, a physics laboratory and the National Museum.


Physics, chemistry, physiology and elementary botany are approved for examination at Matriculation level.

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Previous and Subsequent Entities

 1854 - 1899 Office of the Professor of Natural Science
       1882 - 1959 Chair of Chemistry
       1887 - 1919 Chair of Biology
       1900 - 1968 Chair of Geology and Mineralogy
             1906 - 1973 Chair of Botany and Plant Physiology
             1920 - Chair of Zoology
             1962 - 1994 Chair of Inorganic Chemistry
             1969 - Chair of Geology
                   1974 - Chair of Botany (1974)



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Updated: 16 November 2009

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