By Rohan Rivett
Sir David Rivett used to be an Australian chemist and leader government Officer of CSIR among 1927 and 1945. He turned Chairman from 1945 to 1949, retiring while CSIR used to be reorganised and have become CSIRO.
Because of Sir David's special contributions to many fields of technological know-how and his efforts directed in the direction of CSIR's early improvement, CSIR grew to become Australia's significant study company. In April 1961 the best Minister of Australia, Sir Robert Menzies, commenting at the dying of Rivett, stated: 'David Rivett was once one of many maximum Australians of our time. He mixed an absolute first-class brain and nice clinical attainments with a beneficiant outlook and a quiet, yet pervading, enthusiasm. medical study in Australia owes greatly to him'.
The overseas clinical magazine Nature in its factor of June 10, 1961, stated that Rivett was once 'a guy who had contributed might be greater than the other to the current fit country of Australian technology. ... Rivett and his colleagues contrived, in a rustic woefully susceptible in learn, to create an environment during which it may possibly flourish... as soon as one had received his self belief he used to be a powerful buddy and backer; he believed in delegating accountability and with it any credits that amassed, yet in instances of adversity he it was once who wanted to shoulder the blame'.
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Albert Rivett bore no resemblance to the popular idea of a Protestant minister in the last decades of Queen Victoria's reign. He was of good, questioning, rebel stock-Huguenot Rivetts migrated from the French Inquisition two hundred years earlier. Studying theology at Harley House, in London, he worked in the East End slums. Then, at 24, he volunteered for overseas service, sailing for Australia in the Hesperus in August 1879. In Melbourne he met and married Elizabeth Cherbury whose parents founded the Homes of Hope for children and the Pilgrims Rests for 'aged, destitute gentlewomen', in those days before old age pensions were thought of.
His own breakaway from what had been rammed at him in so many lifeless church services-never his father's-prompted him to quote: Faith is not dead-the priest and creed may pass For thought has leavened the whole unthinking mass And man looks now to find the God within; We shall talk more of love and less of sin In this new era; we are drawing near Unatlassed boundaries of a larger sphere. With awe I wait till Science leads us on Into the full effulgence of its own. Here was his religion-science.
A. Adamson at Wesley, Hansen, at the end of his career, was to write: Looking back over half a century of teaching and examining, at school and at university, perhaps the most brilliant of all students I was privileged to teach or to watch was A. C. D. Rivett. His papers written at tremendous speed-he often handed in fifty or sixty sheets of foolscap inside three hours-have not in my experience been approached. Hansen had imparted to his star pupil the enthusiasm he himself brought to the laboratory.