Last Updated: 11 Dec, 2022 | Views: 163
Other Profession(s): Librarian
Famous For: CSIRO's first woman scientist
Higher Education: Melbourne University (B.Sc. ,M.Sc.)
Mary Ellinor Lucy Archer MBE was born on November 13, 1893 and died on May 3, 1979. In 1956, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her work as Chief Librarian of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) from 1923 until 1954. Born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia, on November 13th, 1893, Archer spent her childhood in Malaya, where her parents were English civil engineers Oakeley Archer and Lucy Georgina Elizabeth, née Gaunt. She was the daughter of the Principal of Trinity College Women's Hostel (later Janet Clarke Hall) from 1906 to 1918.
The Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry (Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry from 1920) appointed Archer to the Seed Improvement Committee in November 1918 as secretary and investigator.
1922–23: Mary Ellinor Lucy Archer is believed to have written their bulletins on crop improvement and classification.
1923: The Institute's library was given to Archer, and he was reclassified as a librarian and scientific assistant following the inauguration of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (1926).
She spoke at the 8th Conference of the Library Association of America (1955) and wrote an article on Inter-Library Loans for the Australian Library Journal.
1954: CSIRO's Perth library was established after she visited other special libraries and provided advice.
As an active member of the Save the Children Fund, she collected and sold books after retiring on December 17th, 1954. On May 3rd, 1979, Ellinor died in Toorak, Melbourne.
As part of the commemoration of Archer's lifetime accomplishments, a Google Doodle was created on November 12th, 2022