Authorised form of nameHill; Dorothy (1907 - 1997)
Dates1907 - 1997
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
Date of birth10/09/1907
Date of death23/04/1997
Research fieldGeology
Cooparoo State School; Brisbane Girls' Grammar School (1920-1924); University of Queensland (graduated 1928, geology)
Gained Gold Medal as most outstanding graduate of the year, the first woman to achieve this at the University of Queensland (1928); Foundation Travelling Scholar, Geology Department, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge (1930-1932); worked on carnboiferous corals; Old Students' Research Fellow, Newnham College, Cambridge (1932); achieved Air Pilot's 'A' Licence; returned to Australia (1937); Research Fellow, Geology Department, University of Queensland (1937-1942); involved with the Science Students' Association, encouraging students to continue research; worked with Shell Petroleum on mapping and drilling work (1939-1940); joined Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) working in cypher and coding (World War II); involved with the Great Barrier Reef Committee, Secretary (1945-1955); Lecturer (1946-1952), reader (1955-1959), then Research Professor (1959-1972), all in Geology Department, University of Queensland; Editor of the 'Journal of Geological Society of Australia' (1958-1964); assisted the development of the University library, and what was the Geology Department library is now known as the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library; edited a State Geology of Queensland (published 1960); first President, International Association for the Study of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera (1971); President, Professorial Board of the University of Queensland (1971-1972)
CBE 1971
Fellow, Australian Academy of Sciences (1956; President 1970); Commonwealth Fellow, Geological Society of London; Honorary Member, Geological Society of Australia (President)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election18/03/1965
Age at election57
RelationshipsDaughter of Robert Sampson Hill and his wife Sarah Jane Kington; unmarried
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1999 vol 45 pp 195-217, plate, by K S W Campbell and J S Jell
Royal Society codeNA6954
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
PB/9/2/3/11/12Personal references and appointments: L-M
PB/3/2/1/18/6'CORAL REEFS 2'c.1961
PB/3/2/1/18/5'CORAL REEFS 1. Maps' 1961
RR/58/14Referee's report by Arthur Smith Woodward, on a paper 'The British silurian rugose corals with acanthine septa' by Dorothy HillFebruary 1936
RR/58/13Referee's report by Henry Woods, on a paper 'The British silurian rugose corals with acanthine septa' by Dorothy HillJanuary 1936
RR/58/15Referee's report by Leonard James Spencer, on a paper 'The British silurian rugose corals with acanthine septa' by Dorothy Hill29 January 1936
RR/58/12Referee's report by John Stanley Gardiner, on a paper 'The British silurian rugose corals with acanthine septa' by Dorothy HillJanuary 1936
EC/1965/13Hill, Dorothy: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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