Athelstan Beckwith

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Athelstan Laurence Johnson Beckwith AO, FRS[1] (20 February 1930 – 15 May 2010) was an Australian chemist. He was a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.[2][3]


He earned a BSc, from the University of Western Australia in 1952, and DPhil, from the University of Oxford in 1956. In 1960, he won the Rennie Memorial Medal. In 1961, he won a Nuffield Scholarship to study with Sir Derek Barton.[4]

He taught at the University of Adelaide. He was Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Australian National University, from 1981 to 1995.


He was married; they had three children.


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