Vale Professor John Lovering (1936-2023)

Station Year Season
Commonwealth Bay, Casey, Macquarie Island 1978 Summer
Mawson, Davis, Scullin Monolith, Heard Island 1987 Summer

With sadness the ANARE Club advises the passing of John Lovering, AO, FAA, FTSE in January 2023

Notified by Ralph Fletcher, 17/08/2023

Vale Professor John Francis Lovering AO, FAA, FTSE. 1930 – 2023

John Lovering was Professor of Geology at the University of Melbourne from 1969 to 1987 and Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University (South Australia) from 1987 to 1995

Professor Lovering was Dean of Science and Professor of Geology at University of Melbourne 1969-1987 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at University of Melbourne (1985-1987). He became Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geology at The Flinders University of South Australia 1987-1995.

He served as President of the Board of UNESCO International Geological Correlation Programme (1985-1987); Vice-President of the International Union of Geological Sciences (1990-1996); Chair of the Australian Antarctic Science Advisory Committee; President of the Geological Society of Australia (1978-1980); and President of the Australian Geoscience Council (1985-1986).

He was a member of the 1978 and 1987 Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions:

    • 1978 ANARE, Commonwealth Bay and Casey Base in Australian Antarctic Territory and Macquarie Island
    • 1987 ANARE, Mawson and Davis Bases, Scullin Monolith, Heard Island

Professor Lovering was President of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission 1994-1999. He was Chairman of the Environment Conservation Council (Victoria) and Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource in 2000.


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