Richard W. Richards

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Richard W. Richards surrounded by Antarctic memorabilia. Photograph taken by Ian Hawthorne, 1982, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No.10712 )

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History

Dick Richards started teaching at the Ballarat School of Mines Junior Technical School on 11 May 1914. Soon after, he became interested in Antarctic exploration and proceeded to sail with the Shackleton Antarctic Exploration Expedition as a physicist in January 1915. For this work he was decorated with the Albert Medal (converted to a George Cross Medal in 1971)and the Polar Medal.[1]

In 1917, Richards returned to the Ballarat School of Mines to lecture in Mathematics and Physics, and did this until 1946.[2]. He was also joint Secretary of the Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club in 1917.[3] From 1946 to 1958, Richards served as Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines.[4]

Dick Richards' Medal. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No.5933 )
Dick Richards' Medal (Ballarat School of Mines / Ballarat College of Advanced Education). Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No.5933 )
Dick Richards' Medal (University of Ballarat). Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No.5933 )


Legacy

The Richard W. Richards Medal (previously known as the R. W. Richards Prize). Announced in 1958, upon the retirement of Richards from the Ballarat School of Mines. Awarded annually to the final year student who was considered to have achieved the most outstanding academic performance in Engineering or Science.[5]

Richards Inlet, Antarctica

See also

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club

Notes

References

  1. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  2. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  3. Minute Book of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915-1918.
  4. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  5. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984

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--Beth Kicinski 10:38, 24 August 2013 (EST) --Ellen Rochelmeyer 17:14, 5 September 2014 (EST)

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