Rosalind HINDE BSc (Hons) PhD


Marine biologist Professor Rosalind Hinde was the daughter of novelist, critic and writers’ advocate Barbara Tarlton Jefferis and well-known Australian film critic and ABC journalist, John Hinde. Rosalind was educated at Abbotsleigh School before entering the University of Sydney and Women’s College. She held Commonwealth Scholarships in addition to a number of college scholarships. Rosalind completed her PhD in 1972, and was post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Agriculture at the University of Oxford from 1972-73.

Rosalind worked at the University of Sydney from 1974 for over thirty years, first as Queen’s Fellow in Marine Science, then lecturer and senior lecturer in biology. She was a leader of research in her field, exploring the physiology and biochemistry of aphids, corals, algae and sponges. She published more than fifty research papers over the course of her career.

Rosalind was head of the School of Biological Sciences from 2000 to 2005, and Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Science from 2006. After retiring from research in 2008, she continued her association with the university as Honorary Professor, most recently working on digitising the collection of the Haswell Museum of zoological specimens. She continued to deliver lectures in marine biology even after her retirement.

Rosalind passed away as a result of an accident, having recently beaten the odds against pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband and two sons.

Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, Women’s College Biographical Register Volume 3, Australian Society of Authors

Vale 20 August 2018

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