Emeritus Professor Robert (Bob) Reid, one of Australia’s outstanding agricultural scientists, died on 23 September, 1996 in Canberra at the age of 75. He was born on 11 April 1921, in Melbourne, but moved with his family when seven years old to Sydney. He was educated at Fort Street High School and on leaving took a year off before deciding to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Sydney. He specialised in agricultural chemistry and graduated in 1944 with first class honours and was awarded the University medal.
He was immediately recruited by the CSIRO to join the famous McMaster laboratories in the University of Sydney. His exceptional talents were recognised by the award, in 1946, of the Thomas Lawrence Powlett Scholarship to read for a PhD degree at King’s College, Cambridge, England.
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