Rachel Makinson

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Makinson in 1971

Kathleen Rachel Makinson (née White) (15 February 1917- October 2014) was an Australian research scientist. She held a number of prominent positions within CSIRO. She began work in the Division of Textile Physics in 1953, and was a senior principal research scientist from 1971-1977.

She was the first woman to become a chief research scientist at CSIRO (1977-1982). From 1979-1982 she was the assistant chief of the division, also the first woman to hold such a position.[1]

In 1981, she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; in 1982 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Makinson died in Sydney, Australia from natural causes, aged 97.[2]

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  1. "Kathleen Rachel Makinson". CSIROpedia. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. Makinson, Bob (18 October 2014). "Scientist Rachel Makinson broke new ground and CSIRO glass ceiling". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 October 2014.