Royal Society of South Australia

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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[edit]

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] T. D. Smeaton has also been credited with helping found the Society.[4]

It became the Royal Society of South Australia late in 1880,[5] following the nomenclature used in other Australian colonies, and perhaps hoping to emulate their success.[6] The Field Naturalists Society of South Australia was formed as a section of the Society in 1883.

Membership[edit]

There are five classes of members:[7]

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

Awards and medals[edit]

The society awards:[8]

List of presidents[edit]

Royal Society of South Australia Presidents:[9]

Term Name
1853–1854 Sir Henry Young
1855 Benjamin Babbage
1856–1861 Sir Richard MacDonnell
1862–1868 Sir Dominick Daly
1869–1872 James Ferguson
1877 Sir William Jervois
1878–1879 Ralph Tate
1880–1881 Sir Samuel Way
1882 Sir Charles Todd
1883 H. T. Whittell
1884 Sir Horace Lamb
1885 Henry Mais [10]
1886–1889 Edward Rennie
1889 Sir Edward Stirling
1890–1891 Thomas Blackburn [11]
1892–1894 Ralph Tate (2nd term)
1895–1896 Walter Howchin
1897–1899 William Lennox Cleland
1900–1903 Edward Rennie (2nd term)
1903–1921 Sir Joseph Verco
1921 Richard Sanders Rogers [12]
1922–1924 Robert Pulleine [13]
1925 Sir Douglas Mawson
1926 Theodore Osborn
1927 Frederic Wood Jones
1927–1928 Sir John Cleland
1929–1930 Leonard Keith Ward
1931 Charles Fenner [14]
1932 Thomas Harvey Johnston [15]
1933 James Arthur Prescott
1934 John McConnell Black
1935 Thomas Draper Campbell [16]
1936 Cecil Madigan
1937 Herbert Mathew Hale [17]
1938 James Davidson [18][19]
1939 Henry Fry
1940 Ralph W. Segnit
1941 Sir John Cleland (2nd term)
1942 Joseph Garnett Wood
1943 William Ternent Cooke [20]
1944 Herbert Womersley [21]
1945 Sir Douglas Mawson (2nd term)
1946 Clarence Sherwood Piper [22]
1947 Hugh Christian Trumble [23]
1948 D. C. Swan
1949 Norman Tindale [24]
1950 A. W. Kleeman
1951 B. C. Cotton
1952 H. G. Andrewartha [25]
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
1965 S.J. Edmonds
1966 B. Daily
1967 H. B. S. Womersley
1968 K. R. Miles
1969 F. J. Mitchell
1970 C. B. Wells
1971 W. G. Inglis
1972 H. Wopfner
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
1981 Warren Bonython
1982–1983 D. W. P. Corbett
1984 J. S. Womersley
1985–1986 Mike Tyler
1987 T. D. Scott
1988–1989 G. M. E. Mayo
1990–1992 N. A. Locket
1992–1994 W. D. Williams
1994–1996 M. Davies
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 [26]
2006–2008 Allan Pring [27]
2008–2010 John T. Jennings [28]
2010–2012 Nicholas J. Souter
2012–2014 Craig R. Williams
2014–2016 C. Michael Bull
2016–Present J. Long

Verco Medal recipients[edit]

"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."[8]

The medal is named in honour of Joseph Verco. The first award of the medal was to Prof Walter Howchin in 1929.[29]

Previous winners include:

Year Name
1966 Alderman
2004 Neville Alley [30]
1962 Herbert Andrewartha
1996 Mike Archer (paleontologist)
1989 Ian Beveridge
1930 John McConnell Black
2003 John Bowie [31]
1933 John Burton Cleland
Patrick De Deckker
1960 Henry Herbert Finlayson
1999 Rob Fitzpatrick
1970 Martin Glaessner [32]
1946 Herbert M. Hale
1935 Thomas Harvey Johnston [33]
1929 Walter Howchin
1976 Hutton
1963 Nelly Hooper Ludbrook
1945 Cecil Madigan
1931 Douglas Mawson
1971 Charles P. Mountford
1972 Parkin
1957 Clarence Sherwood Piper [34]
1938 James Arthur Prescott
1967 Pryor
2008 Scoresby Shepherd
2010 Mike Smith [35]
1965 Southcott
1961 Specht
1968 Reg Sprigg
1959 Stephens
1974 Thomas
1975 Thomson
1956 Norman Tindale
1980 Michael J. Tyler
1955 Leonard Keith Ward
Tom White
2007 Martin Williams [36]
1990 William David (Bill) Williams [37]
1943 Herbert Womersley
1969 Hugh Bryan Spencer Womersley [38]
1944 Joseph Garnett Wood
1973 Wopfner [39]
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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "The Late Mr. T. D. Smeaton". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 19 February 1908. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Adelaide Philosophical Society". South Australian Register. XLV, (10,577). South Australia. 7 October 1880. p. 2 (Supplement to the South Australian Register.). Retrieved 3 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "Tuesday, October 12, 1880". The South Australian Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 12 October 1880. p. 4. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Membership, Royal Society of South Australia Inc.
  8. ^ a b Awards & Medals Archived 12 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Royal Society of South Australia Inc.
  9. ^ List of Presidents Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., RSSA
  10. ^ Sally O'Neill, 'Mais, Henry Coathupe (1827–1916)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press, 1974, pp 200-201
  11. ^ Blackburn, Thomas (1844–1912), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  12. ^ Joyce Gibberd, 'Rogers, Richard Sanders (1861–1942)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, p. 443.
  13. ^ Neville Hicks, Helen McIntosh, 'Pulleine, Robert Henry (1869–1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, pp 306-307.
  14. ^ Lynne Trethewey, 'Fenner, Charles Albert Edward (1884–1955)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 481-482.
  15. ^ Dorothea F. Sandars, 'Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881–1951)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, p. 501.
  16. ^ Tasman Brown, Ruth Rogers, 'Campbell, Thomas Draper (1893–1967)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, Melbourne University Press, 1993, pp 361-362.
  17. ^ Hale, Herbert Mathew (1895–1963), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  18. ^ Davidson, James (1885–1945), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  19. ^ T. O. Browning, 'Davidson, James (1885–1945)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 226-227.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Womersley, Herbert (1889–1962), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  22. ^ Piper, Clarence Sherwood (1903–1988), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  23. ^ Trumble, Hugh Christian (1903–), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  24. ^ Tindale, Norman Barnett (1900–1993), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  25. ^ Andrewartha, Herbert George (1907–1992), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
    L. C. Birch and T. O. Browning, Herbert George Andrewartha 1907-1992 Archived 2 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Historical Records of Australian Science, vol.9, no.3, 1993.
  26. ^ Dr. Rob W. Fitzpatrick, CSIRO
  27. ^ Dr. Allan Pring, SA Museum. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  28. ^ Dr. John Jennings, University of Adelaide. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  29. ^ Award of the Sir Joseph Verco Medal 1929-1976, TRSSA, Vol 100, p.208, www.samuseum.sa.gov.au
  30. ^ The Board of South East Energy
  31. ^ Frog research – more than skin deep, 16 December 2003, also at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news635.html
  32. ^ Glaessner, Martin Fritz (1906–1989), www.eoas.info
  33. ^ Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881–1951), www.eoas.info
  34. ^ Piper, Clarence Sherwood (1903–1988), www.eoas.info
  35. ^ Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia
  36. ^ Royal Society honours for two, Adelaidean, October 2007, www.adelaide.edu.au
  37. ^ Williams, William David (1936–), www.eoas.info
  38. ^ Womersley, Hugh Bryan Spencer (1922–), www.eoas.info
  39. ^ Dr Helmut Wopfner—Biography, PESA News, June/July 2010, p.56
  40. ^ 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

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