Mary E. White
She was born in South Africa, grew up in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and received a master's degree in paleobotany from the University of Cape Town. She married Bill White, a geologist; the couple came to Australia in 1955. White worked as a consultant for the Bureau of Mineral Resources in Canberra until the 1980s; she also consulted on a part-time basis for mining companies. In 1975, she was hired as a research associate for the Australian Museum; she established a collection of 12,000 specimens of plant fossils for the museum.
She was the author of:
- The Greening of Gondwana (1986)
- After the Greening: The browning of Australia (1994), received a Eureka Prize
- Listen...Our Land is Crying (1997)
- Running Down: Water in a Changing Land (2000), was shortlisted for a Eureka Prize
- Earth Alive! From Microbes to a Living Planet (2003)
White received the Riversleigh medal in 1999 for "excellence in promoting understanding of Australian prehistory". In 2010, she received a Lifetime of Conservation award from the Australian Geographic Society. She was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science's Mueller Medal in 2001. In 2009, she was made a Member the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to botany as a researcher and through the promotion of increased understanding and awareness of the natural world".
In 2003, White moved to a large forested property at Johns River, New South Wales; she established a covenant to protect the land and preserve its biodiversity. In 2013 she sold the property but with the covenant it can never be disturbed.
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- "The Queen's Birthday 2009 Honours List" (PDF). Governor-General of Australia. p. 108.
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- "Renowned scientist Mary White allegedly murdered by her daughter". ABC News. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Loss of a national treasure: Woman, 92, who was 'murdered by her daughter' revealed to be an award-winning scientist and author who was honoured with the Order of Australia". www.msn.com. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.