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Faculty of Science (1903 - )

The University of Melbourne
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Function: Administrative Body
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Faculty of Science was established in 1903 at the University of Melbourne, under the first Dean, Professor Henry Laurie. Initially the disciplines taught within the Faculty included Chemistry, Physiology, Biology (including elementary Botany), Geology and Minerology, as well as subjects from the Schools of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (Physics). Over the years, Genetics, Information Systems, and Optometry have been added to this list.

URL: The home page for this entity is located at http://www.science.unimelb.edu.au/


Faculty of Science established


Science had 35 staff in 6 departments - only 25 of them lecturer or above. Natural Philosophy the largest department in the university with ten staff.


Australian Vice Chancellors Committee (AVCC) requested the Commonwealth Government give financial assistance for post-graduate students


First federal government grant to universities - money for research CSIR had a special interest in.

June 1936

Vice Chancellor Priestly leads a deputation to Premier Dunstan regarding a new Chemistry School and restoration of 20% cut


Sub-deans appointed and a member of staff made available half-time to assist students

August 1938

August conference of optometrists recommended a new course in optometry to be run by university - this was approved but needed changes to Registration Act before it could go ahead.


Council agrees to 'social biology' being included as an Intermediate subject now to be called General Science. Previously only Chemistry and Physics had been available.


A 'General Science' course becomes available (later known as History and Philosophy of Science)


Bachelor Course in Science for prospective teachers is introduced


Electronics is introduced as a subject within the Science course


A Bachelor of Science in Education course is conducted in both first and second years for the first time


Devolution of administrative and academic responsibilties to faculties and departments. Under the Departmental Statute, the new Chairman/Heads of department are nominated by departments & appointed for a fixed term by Council as a dept's senior executive


Caro and Martin agree to be full-time Deans "pre tem" in 1970 but it was not until 1972 that a new appointment was made of Prof Colin A. Ramm, an Australian physicist working in Europe.

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Carolyn Rasmussen & Rachel Tropea
Created: 22 August 2001
Modified: 25 March 2003

Published by Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb, October 2001
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: http://www.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/about/inquiries.html#comment
Prepared by: Acknowledgements
Updated: 16 November 2009

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