Researching the history of science and innovation in Australia from pre-colonial times until the present day.
Based in CTI, the CSIRO History Project examined the evolution of CSIRO since its formation in 1949 (as the successor to CSIR) and how this evolution reflected CSIRO’s response over time to its changing external environment, including changes in the Australian economy and society, scientific disciplines around the world, and in levels of funding.
Noteworthy outputs from the project include:
- CSIRO Oral History Collection – a series of oral history interviews with key figures in CSIRO's history
- expansion of CSIROpedia exploring CSIRO’s greatest innovations and discoveries across the decades with brief biographies of the people responsible (focusing on achievements recognised by major honours and awards or research with significant commercial outcomes or benefit to society)
- digitisation and description of selected CSIRO governance and historical records.
Select recent publications
- Upstill Garrett, Spurling Thomas H., Healy Terence J., Simpson Gregory W. (2023) Realignment and change: CSIRO and industry 2000–10. Historical Records of Australian Science.
- McNamara Nicole, Kopinathan Anitha, Wolff Helen, Spurling Thomas H., Simpson Gregory, Locock Katherine E. S. (2023) Breaking down barriers: standing on the shoulders of Australia’s early female chemists. Australian Journal of Chemistry 76, 63-73.
- Upstill Garrett, Spurling Thomas H., Healy Terence J. (2021) CSIR and Australian industry: 1926–49. Historical Records of Australian Science 32, 52-66.
- Upstill Garrett, Spurling Thomas H. (2020) Engaging with Australian industry: CSIRO in the late twentieth century. Historical Records of Australian Science 31, 1-16.
- Wolff Helen A., Healy Terence J., Spurling Thomas H. (2019) An introduction to the CSIRO Oral History Collection. Historical Records of Australian Science 30, 112-118.
- Upstill Garrett (2019) Promoting Australian industry: CSIRO 1949–79. Historical Records of Australian Science 30, 1-11.