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 major aim of the Society is the promotion and diffusion of scientific knowledge, particularly in relation to Natural Sciences.
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.
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. J. Howard Clark was elected secretary. On 15 September rules were adopted and His Excellency the Governor Sir Henry Young was elected president. At the time of its first Annual General Meeting membership had risen to 35. T. D. Smeaton has also been credited with helping found the Society.
It became the Royal Society of South Australia late in 1880, following the nomenclature used in other Australian colonies, and perhaps hoping to emulate their success. The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia was formed as a section of the Society in 1883.
- Honorary Fellows,
- Sustaining Fellows,
- Associate Fellows and
- Student Fellows
Awards and medals
- The Verco Medal
- The Publication Medal
- The Royal Society of South Australia Postgraduate Student Prize
- The H. G. Andrewartha Medal
List of presidents
|1853–1854||Sir Henry Young|
|1856–1861||Sir Richard MacDonnell|
|1862–1868||Sir Dominick Daly|
|1877||Sir William Jervois|
|1880–1881||Sir Samuel Way|
|1882||Sir Charles Todd|
|1883||H. T. Whittell|
|1884||Sir Horace Lamb|
|1889||Sir Edward Stirling|
|1892–1894||Ralph Tate (2nd term)|
|1897–1899||William Lennox Cleland|
|1900–1903||Edward Rennie (2nd term)|
|1903–1921||Sir Joseph Verco|
|1921||Richard Sanders Rogers|
|1925||Sir Douglas Mawson|
|1927||Frederic Wood Jones|
|1927–1928||Sir John Cleland|
|1929–1930||Leonard Keith Ward|
|1932||Thomas Harvey Johnston|
|1933||James Arthur Prescott|
|1934||John McConnell Black|
|1935||Thomas Draper Campbell|
|1937||Herbert Mathew Hale|
|1940||Ralph W. Segnit|
|1941||Sir John Cleland (2nd term)|
|1942||Joseph Garnett Wood|
|1943||William Ternent Cooke|
|1945||Sir Douglas Mawson (2nd term)|
|1946||Clarence Sherwood Piper|
|1947||Hugh Christian Trumble|
|1948||D. C. Swan|
|1950||A. W. Kleeman|
|1951||B. C. Cotton|
|1952||H. G. Andrewartha|
|1953||S. B. Dickinson|
|1954||J. K. Taylor|
|1955||R. V. Southcott|
|1956||C. G. Stephens|
|1957||I. M. Thomas|
|1958||L. W. Parkin|
|1959–1960||T. R. N. Lothian|
|1961||R. V. Southcott (2nd term)|
|1962||Nelly Hooper Ludbrook|
|1963||J. T. Hutton|
|1964||A. R. Alderman|
|1967||H. B. S. Womersley|
|1968||K. R. Miles|
|1969||F. J. Mitchell|
|1970||C. B. Wells|
|1971||W. G. Inglis|
|1973||K. E. Lee|
|1974||G. F. Gross|
|1975||J. W. Holmes|
|1976||C. R. Twidale|
|1977||B. P. Webb|
|1978||J. J. H. Szent-Ivany|
|1979||J. K. Ling|
|1980||S. A. Shepherd|
|1982–1983||D. W. P. Corbett|
|1984||J. S. Womersley|
|1987||T. D. Scott|
|1988–1989||G. M. E. Mayo|
|1990–1992||N. A. Locket|
|1992–1994||W. D. Williams|
|1996–1998||T. C. R. White|
|1998–2000||M. A. J. Williams|
|2000–2002||N. F. Alley|
|2002–2004||O. W. Wiebkin|
|2004–2006||Rob W. Fitzpatrick|
|2008–2010||John T. Jennings|
|2010–2012||Nicholas J. Souter|
|2012–2014||Craig R. Williams|
|2014–2016||C. Michael Bull|
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."
Previous winners include:
|1996||Mike Archer (paleontologist)|
|1930||John McConnell Black|
|1933||John Burton Cleland|
|Patrick De Deckker|
|1960||Henry Herbert Finlayson|
|1946||Herbert M. Hale|
|1935||Thomas Harvey Johnston|
|1963||Nelly Hooper Ludbrook|
|1971||Charles P. Mountford|
|1957||Clarence Sherwood Piper|
|1938||James Arthur Prescott|
|1980||Michael J. Tyler|
|1955||Leonard Keith Ward|
|1990||William David (Bill) Williams|
|1969||Hugh Bryan Spencer Womersley|
|1944||Joseph Garnett Wood|
Notable members of the Royal Society of South Australia have included:
- Prof. William Henry Bragg,
- Prof. Sir Robert William Chapman,
- Thomas Charles Cloud (died 1918),
- Alexander William Dobbie (born 1843),
- John William Hall Hullett (born 1847),
- Prof. Horace Lamb
- Dr. Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889–1947),
- James McGeorge,
- Thomas Parker,
- Walter Rutt (1842–1925),
- Prof. Ralph Tate
- Sir Charles Todd,
- Carl Albert Unbehaun (1851–1924) and
- Robert Archibald White.
- Australian Academy of Science
- Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
- Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
- Royal Society of New South Wales
- Royal Society of Queensland
- Royal Society of Tasmania
- Royal Society of Victoria
- Royal Society of Western Australia
- The Royal Society (The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge)
- Royal Society (disambiguation)
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