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Dr Isabel Joy Bear

First woman recipient of the Leighton Memorial Medal (Royal Australian Chemical Institute)

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Isabel Joy Bear began her extensive career in science in the 1940's and today is an Honorary Fellow with CSIRO Minerals. In the sixties Bear discovered a number of previously unknown metastable zirconium sulfate hydrates. Joy was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 for services to science, particularly in the field of mineral chemistry. She is a fellow of both the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and in 1988 became the first woman to receive the Leighton Medal - the RACI's premier award.
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