Honorary Research Professor
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Professor Patrick Quilty was ANARE Chief Scientist with the Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and is now Honorary Research Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Tasmania and recently Distinguished Visiting Professor at California State University. He is a geologist, with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. He has worked in academia at the University of Tasmania and at Macquarie University, and in industry with West Australian Petroleum (WAPET). He participated in both the Deep Sea Drilling Project (Leg 34 East Pacific, 1973-1974) and the Ocean Drilling Program (Leg 120 Indian Ocean, 1988; Leg 188, Prydz Bay, Antarctica, 2000).
He chaired the organising committees for the XXth meeting of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in 1988, the Vestfold Hills and Macquarie Island Symposia, and has been on state and federal councils of ANZAAS. He recently convened the 17th Australian Geological Convention in Hobart (February 2004) and is federal secretary of the Geological Society of Australia.
He was senior vice-president of the Royal Society of Tasmania, president of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, and was vice-president of SCAR for a four-year term. He has published over 180 scientific papers. He has four species, a range of nunataks and a bay named in his honour.
He received the Royal Society of Tasmania Medal (1996), US Antarctic Services Medal (1974), was Distinguished Lecturer (1986) for the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. He was invited speaker in the North American Speaker Series (organised by the Education Office of the Australian Embassy in Washington) for 1998-1999. He is now a patron of the University of Western Australia Geoscience Foundation.
In 1997 he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and was made inaugural Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Tasmania.
He first visited Antarctica in 1965-1966 with the University of Wisconsin and has made 14 other working trips south in addition to being used as commentator on 19 tourist overflights and two tourist ship voyages to the Antarctic. He has recently acted as guide for a visit to Tasmania of a group from the Royal Society of Victoria and commonly accompanies other excursions to provide expert commentary. He gives some 15-20 guest lectures per year to a wide variety of functions/conferences and in 2000 was host in a 50-minute national ABC TV special entitled South of No North. He has also appeared on Gardening Australia. He is used regularly by the media to comment on Antarctic and geological issues.
Several recent books, such as Richard Bennett's Tasmania Wild Island have included contributions by Patrick.
The early days
Authorised by the Head of School, Earth Sciences
12 November, 2012