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Campus News : March 2011
10 Campus News March 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au IN MEMORIAM More than 500 people including many of the University of Wollongong's past and present staff gathered in the University Hall on 3 February for the funeral of one of the UOW's most celebrated scientists and popular personalities, Emeritus Professor Leon Kane-Maguire who died on 27 January. Mourners included five Vice-Chancellors past and present -- UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton and his predecessor Professor Ken McKinnon, and former UOW academics who became Vice-Chancellors at other institutions - Australian National University Vice- Chancellor Ian Chubb, former Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Garnett and University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Bill Lovegrove, who delivered one of the tributes. Australian Research Council CEO Professor Margaret Sheil, who worked closely with Leon in her time at UOW, also attended. Other tributes were delivered by Leon's twin brother Noel, a professor at Furman University in North Carolina, Leon's son Andrew, his colleague at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and close friend Professor Gordon Wallace and Air Commodore (retired) Mark Lax. The tributes touched on Leon's brilliant academic career, his skill as a mentor for younger scientists, his devotion Amanof many talents Leon Kane-Maguire 1942 -- 2011 to his family, his deep interest in military aviation history -- and his ever-present sense of humour and zest for life. Along with his academic publications, Leon wrote four books about aspects of RAAF history, including a history of the squadron his father belonged to when he was killed flying a mission over Western Europe in World War II. In 2010 he won an RAAF award for his book Lost Without Trace about Squadron Leader Wilbur Wackett. Leon was one of Australia's leading research scientists in the field of conducting organic polymers and their stereochemical and photo-physical properties. His passion for science and pioneering work in nanomaterials helped build UOW's reputation as a leading research university. Leon joined UOW in 1983 as a Professor of Chemistry. He served as head of the Department of Chemistry for over 10 years and subsequently became Director of the Institute for Molecular Recognition. He is also widely credited with playing a leading role in helping secure the funding to establish the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), where he worked for the past 15 years. He worked principally on electromaterials and biopolymers and mapped their applications for industry and medicine. Leon retired in November 2010 and had an emeritus professorship conferred at the December graduation. His citation said: "His success in obtaining research funding through the Australian Research Council has helped the Institute to open up prospects for nerve cell regeneration for the Bionic Ear and the repair of spinal cord damage". The citation concluded: "Leon Kane-Maguire has played a vital role in realising our vision to be an international research university. In a special way, he has helped to create UOW's special collegial and enterprising culture. Above all, Leon has shown his students and colleagues the importance of enjoying their roles in university life and celebrating their success." Our deepest condolences to Leon's wife Barbara, children Andrew, John and Nicky and their families. NH FOOTNOTE: The Sydney Morning Herald on 18 February published an obituary of Professor Kane- Maguire prepared by UOW Media Manager Bernie Goldie and Andrew Kane-Maguire. Professor Leon Kane-Maguire on the day he was made an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong in December last year. The University of Wollongong Press has published a collection of essays by former UOW lecturer Dorothy Jones, who is acknowledged as one of Australia's finest literary scholars. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton launched A Kingdom and a Place of Exile: Critical Essays on Postcolonial Women's Writing by Ms Jones, who is an Honorary Senior Fellow in English Studies in UOW's Faculty of Arts. Ms Jones lectured in English Literature at UOW from 1971 until her retirement 25 years later and her pioneering work on women writers has influenced scholars around the world. One of those scholars, the University of Melbourne's Robert Wallace Chair of English Professor Deirdre Coleman, spoke at the book launch. Professor Coleman, who worked with Ms Jones at UOW in the early 1990s, said she was inspired by Ms Jones' work and regards her as "one of Australia's finest literary critics". A Kingdom and a Place of Exile is a collection of essays concentrating on writers from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada and the Caribbean. The book has been published by the University of Wollongong Press in association with Halstead Press, and is available at the UniCentre bookshop. Faculty of Arts Research Fellow Dr Melissa Boyde, who edited the book, said: "Themes throughout the essays include the textile arts and how they are intricately woven into the fabric of culture, the gardens women write about and the part food plays in people's lives." Through her research and teaching, Ms Jones has fostered a love of contemporary writing among generations of literature students in the Illawarra and beyond. Approaching age 77 she hasn't lost her enthusiasm for inspiring young people -- working as a volunteer homework tutor for an Illawarra refugee support group. BG Dorothy Jones signs a copy of her book at its launch in February. Book celebrates women writers