Hill, Dorothy, 1907-1997

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Hill, Dorothy, 1907-1997

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Dorothy Hill was born on 10 September 1907 in Taringa, Brisbane. She received a scholarship to the University of Queensland, attending between 1925 and 1939. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) with first class honours. Hill was the first woman awarded a gold medal for most outstanding graduate of that year. In 1930 Hill received a Foundation Travelling Scholarship, to study for her PhD from the University of Cambridge, completing it in 1932. She was appointed a research professor in Geology at the University of Queensland in 1959, becoming the first woman appointed to a professorial chair in Australia. She also became in 1965 the first Australian woman to be a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1970 she became the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science. Shed died on 23 April 1997.


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Revised, Linda Justo, 15-May-2020




MCCarthy, G.J. 1993 'Hill, Dorothy (1904-1997)', Encyclopedia of Australian Science, accessed online 15-May-2020.

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