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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +61 * **** ****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Victoria , Australia
The University of Melbourne
442 Auburn Road
Hawthorn , Victoria 3122

Company Description: The University of Melbourne is Australia's leading research university, based on a number of indicators. The Times Higher Education Supplement recognized Melbourne...   more

Employment History

  • Director, Head
    Australian Atomic Energy Commission
  • Scientist
    Australian Atomic Energy Commission
  • Head
    Australian Atomic Energy Commission
  • Chief
  • Member, Team
  • Senior Scientific Officer for the Ministry
  • ATSE

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Lucas Heights Research Establishment
  • Director


8 Total References
Web References
Keith Alder was Director of ..., 20 Oct 1993 [cached]
Keith Alder was Director of the Lucas Heights Research Establishment, Australian Atomic Energy Commission, from 1962-1970. He also lectured in metallurgy in New South Wales and Victoria and worked in the United Kingdom.
After completing his science masters, Keith Alder worked for a year as a metallurgist for the Tungsten Plant Ammunition Factory in Footscray. He then moved to New South Wales for a two year lectureship in metallurgy at Newcastle Technical College. From 1946-1948 Alder was a senior scientific officer for the Ministry of Supply Atomic Weapons in Woolwich, London. He returned to Australia and was appointed senior lecturer in physical metallurgy at the University of Melbourne from 1952-1953. The Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, England employed Alder from 1954-1957. In 1955 Alder was appointed head of the Metallurgy Section at the Lucas Heights Research Establishment run by the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC). He remained with the AAEC at Lucas Heights for over twenty years taking on many roles including Director, Head of the Development Group, Head of the Nuclear Science and Technology Branch and was General Manager from 1976-1982. Keith Fredrick Alder was appointed a Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in 1977 in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field. He was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Metallurgists (FIM) and the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia (FIREE).
ATSE - Alder, 10 Jan 2006 [cached]
Australia Should Establish a Nuclear Power Industryu in the 21st Century, Keith AlderATSE - Alder
Keith Alder
Keith F. Alder AM FTSE MScKeith Alder graduated in Metallurgy in 1943 at the University of Melbourne and after periods in research, industry and lecturing, joined a team in the UK Ministry of Supply for two years of research on nuclear materials. He joined the newly-formed Australian Atomic Energy Commission in 1953, and then spent four years at Harwell in the UK working on nuclear reactor fuels.He returned to Australia in 1957 as Head of Metallurgy for the AAEC.He became Director of the Lucas Heights Research Establishment in 1961, a Commissioner in 1968, the AAEC's General Manager in 1976, and retired in 1982.His principal tasks in the AAEC were technical management of the Jervis Bay Nuclear Power Station project, Australia's international uranium enrichment studies, and initiation of the AAEC's own uranium enrichment research programme.
Keith Alder AM FTSEFormerly General Manager and CommissionerAustralian Atomic Energy Commissionemail:
Jim Green: Research Reactors and Nuclear Weapons - MAPW Australia, 31 Mar 2004 [cached]
Former AAEC scientist Keith Alder (1996, p.30) noted that the enrichment project was kept secret "because of the possible uses of such technology to produce weapons-grade enriched uranium".
Keith Alder, 1996, Australia's Uranium Opportunities, Sydney: P.M. Alder. - Fuel for thought: nuke debate heats up, 14 Jan 2006 [cached]
Retired nuclear scientist Keith Adler, formerly the head of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, recently told a federal inquiry that anti-nuclear views were commonly taught in schools in the early 1980s.
"At [the] Lucas Heights [nuclear research centre] we had the experience of sending literature to high schools and it coming back, sometimes torn in half," he said.
Ham VIPs, 22 Nov 2006 [cached]
VK2AXN--- Keith Alder, former chief of AAEC
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