Dr John Radcliffe, Honorary Fellow

Dr John Radcliffe: Honorary Research Fellow

Dr John Radcliffe continues his career of signficant contributions to public life.

  • 17 November 2009 | Updated 3 December 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Background

Dr John Radcliffe is an Honorary Research Fellow in CSIRO.

He also holds positions in a number of organisations:

  • Council Member of the University of Adelaide
  • Chairman of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Eminent Scientists Group
  • Secretary, SA of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Deputy Chairman, Advisory Board, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
  • Chair, Research Advisory Committee, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Brisbane
  • Chair, Crawford Fund SA State Committee
  • Member, The Sir Ian McLennan Trust Fund
  • Member, AW Howard Memorial Trust Inc.
  • Member, Farrer Memorial Trust.

In a long and distinguished career, he was previously Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO responsible for Divisions in the Natural Resources Alliance, at that time Plant Industry, Land and Water, Marine Research, Wildlife & Ecology, Entomology, Atmospheric Research, Forestry and Forest Products.

Prior to that, he was South Australian Director-General of Agriculture.

Over his career, Dr Radcliffe has had many appointments on boards, professional associations and government committees.

Over his career, Dr Radcliffe has had many appointments on boards, professional associations and government committees. He was a Commissioner of the National Water Commission from 2005 to 2008. He was also Chairman of the South Australian (SA) Centre for Natural Resources Management, a joint venture established by the SA Minister for Environment and Conservation, between the SA universities, SA Department of Water, Land and Biological Conservation, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, and CSIRO from 2003 to 2007.

From 2000-2006, Dr Radcliffe was a member of the SA Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board.

He was Chair of the Board of the South Australian Research and Development Institute from 1993 to 1998.

From 1985 to 1992, Dr Radcliffe was involved with establishing the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, being an SA Deputy Commissioner 1985-90, and SA Commissioner from 1991-93.

Dr Radcliffe served as Project Director for the Australian Research Council (ARC) sponsored Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering studies 'Pesticide Use in Australia' in 2001-2.

In 2003-04 he was the Director and author of 'Water Recycling in Australia', the latter being awarded a commendation by the Australian Water Association in October 2004.

Professional experience

Over his career, Dr Radcliffe has held many positions on boards, professional associations and government committees including:

  • Deputy Chief Executive, CSIRO, 1996-1999
  • Director, CSIRO Institute of Plant Production and Processing, 1993-1996
  • CEO, South Australian Research and Development Institute, 1992-1993
  • Director-General of Agriculture, South Australia, 1985-1992
  • Various senior management appointments, SA Department of Agriculture, 1978-1985
  • Dairy Scientist and then Northfield Research Centre Manager, SA Department of Agriculture, 1961, 1965-78.

Qualifications

Dr Radcliffe has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), from the University of Adelaide
  • Doctor of Philosophy, from the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
  • DPM, The University of New South Wales, (UNSW)
  • Graduate Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Radcliffe is a Fellow of the:

  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering
  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology
  • Australian Society of Animal Production.

Achievements

Dr Radcliffe has received the following honours:

  • Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 - for his service to Australian society in environmental science and technology
  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2001- for his contribution to natural resource management
  • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 1987 - for his personal contribution to the development of museums in South Australia.

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