Gordon Aylward

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Gordon Hillis Aylward, MSc is an Australian chemical author. He is known for writing the SI Chemical Data book.


Gordon Aylward graduated on 20 May 1952 with a BSc (Honours) in Applied Chemistry from the then-new University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.[1][2] Later he received a MSc from the same university, and continued to teach Analytical Chemistry for 13 years there.[3] During that period he organized the Approach to Chemistry summer schools, together with his co-teacher dr Tristan Findlay. To support the course, they wrote the book SI Chemical Data as the textbook.[3]

Later Aylward joined Macquarie University as Associate Professor and worked from 1970 till his retirement in 2005 in developing countries as a Science Education consultant for UNESCO, then for the World Bank and finally as a free-lance Senior Science Education Advisor.[3]


Together with Tristan Findlay, in 1965 Aylward wrote SI Chemical Data, a supplementary text for chemistry students in undergraduate courses, and for in high school subjects specialising in chemistry.

  1. 1965: first edition[1]
  2. second edition
  3. third edition
  4. 1998: fourth edition
  5. 2002: fifth edition
  6. Aylward, G.H.; T.J.V. Findlay (2008). SI Chemical Data (6th ed.). Milton, Queensland: John Wiley & Sons Australia. ISBN 0-470-81638-4. 


  1. ^ a b "A lunch half a century later". University of New South Wales. 22 March 2004. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ "The university's first graduates". University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Product Information SI Chemical Data". Booktopia. Retrieved 2008-05-07.