Introduction: The Liversidge Research Lectures


  • David J Collins Adjunct (Honorary) Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, Monash University, and Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Enquiry, University of Melbourne.


 "Archibald Liversidge, who became the second Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney (his Chair was actually 'Chemistry and Mineralogy'), was a very important figure in the Australian scientific community in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was mainly through the initiative and drive of Liversidge that the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was established in 1885."


(1) Baker, A.T. and Rae, I.D., 'More than Bugs and Stones; Chemistry, in the Royal Society of New South Wales', Historical Records of Australian Science, 2000, 13 (2), 31-44.

(2) Krysko, M., Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of New South Wales, personal communication.

(3) Editorial, Report of the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, 1935, 22, xxiii.

Archibald Liversidge portrait.