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Geologist , government executive

Colin David Branch, Australian government executive, geologist.


Branch, Colin David was born on May 23, 1936 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Son of Kenneth Macquarie and Edith Alicia Doris (Baker) Branch.


Bachelor of Science with honors, University Sydney, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Sydney, 1962.


Field geologist, Bureau Mineral Resources, Canberra, 1957-1962;senior volcanologist, Department Lands, Mines and Surveys, Rabaul, New Guinea, 1963-1964;petrologist-in-charge, Bureau Mineral Resources, Canberra, 1965-1968;senior lecturer geology, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 1969-1970;professor geology, U. South Australia, Adelaide, 1970-1976;director resources, Department Mines and Energy, Adelaide, 1976-1987;assistant director general, Department Mines, Perth, since 1987. Part-time consultant, 1969-1976. Chairman, Board Of Directors Minerals and Energy Research Institute, Perth, since 1990.


Chairman Australian United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Committee for the International Geological Correlation Program, 1985-1988. Member Australian Ionising Radiation Advisory Council, since 1986. Fellow Australasian Institute Mining and Metallurgy (vice president since 1989).

Representative Federation Australian Scientific and Technology Socs. (inaugural secretary 1985-1987), Australian Geoscience Council (president 1984-1985, inaugural secretary 1981-1982). Member Geological Society Australia (national president 1980-1981).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: choir singing, golf, windsurfing, good wine.


Married Pamela Valerie Ford, January 7, 1959. Children: Alan Douglas, Bronwen Anne.

Kenneth Macquarie Branch

Edith Alicia Doris (Baker) Branch

Pamela Valerie Ford

Alan Douglas Branch

Bronwen Anne Branch