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History and biographies

Historical Records of Australian Science documents the history of science, pure and applied, in Australia and the southwest Pacific. It also features biographical memoirs of deceased Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science commissioned by the Council of the Academy, and includes an annual bibliography of the history of Australian science.

For more than 20 years, the Academy has been interviewing leading Australian scientists about their lives, work, and how they've changed the world we live in.

Interviews are accompanied by transcripts, teacher notes and student activities.

The year 2012 was a centenary year for the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and this book is a fitting celebration of Australia’s first scientific expedition to Antarctica.

Frank Stillwell’s diaries reveal everyday life in the men’s isolated hut in Antarctica, with near-poisonings and the tragedy of two men’s deaths.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Dome, in 2010 the Academy asked author and historian Dr Alan Roberts to write about its design, construction and history. Dr Roberts’s extensive research revealed previously unknown or forgotten information about the Dome from numerous archival collections.

There were major changes in the Academy, in Canberra, in Australia and in the world in the 50 years from the Academy's inception in 1954 to the publication of this book in 2005. This book endeavors to trace these changes from the perspective of the Academy and its contributions to the advancement of science in Australia.