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Sir David (Albert Cherbury) Rivett KCMG FRS

1985
Andor Meszaros

cast bronze medallion on wood plaque (support: 30.5 cm x 23.5 cm depth 3.5 cm, sight: diameter 18.1 cm)

Sir David (Albert Cherbury) Rivett KCMG FRS (1885- 1961) was a scientist who graduated with first-class honours in chemistry from the University of Melbourne and who played an influential role within Australia's scientific community. He was appointed professor of chemistry at Melbourne University in 1924, and three years later became chief executive of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO), a position he held for 18 years. Rivett advocated scientific self-reliance for Australia and is perhaps best known for the eradication of prickly pear through the introduction of Cactoblastis cactorum.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Ray Marginson AM 2001
© Andor and Michael Meszaros

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Science and technology

Donated by

Dr Ray Marginson AM (8 portraits)

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