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Emeritus Professor, Atmospheric Scientist, University of Tasmania

Garth William Paltridge completed a BSc with honours at the University of Queensland (1961) before moving south to Melbourne. Paltridge was awarded an MSc and PhD (1965) from the University of Melbourne. In 1966, Paltridge took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the USA. He changed continents again in 1967 and became a senior science officer at the Radio and Space Research Station in the UK.

Paltridge returned to Australia in 1968 to the CSIRO Division of Meteorological Physics (eventually re-named as the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research). He began as a research scientist and was promoted over the following eleven years to reach the level of chief research scientist. In 1990 Paltridge became professor and director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies at the University of Tasmania (1990-2002). He was then instrumental in setting up one of the first Cooperative Research Centres, the CRC for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (1991). He was director of the Antarctic CRC until his retirement in 2002. He then became an emeritus professor and honorary research fellow at the University of Tasmania and a visiting fellow at the Australian National University Research School of Biology.


  • 2002–2011
    Visiting Fellow, RBS, ANU,
  • 2002–2011
    Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania,
  • 1991–2002
    CEO, Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre
  • 1990–2002
    Professor and Director, IASOS, University of Tasmania
  • 1989–1990
    Senior Visiting Scientist, US National climate Program Office
  • 1982–1989
    Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Atmospheric Physics
  • 1981–1981
    Executive Director, Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Executive
  • 1968–1981
    Research Scientist (RS, SRS, PRS, etc, CSIRO Atmospheric Physics
  • 1979–1979
    Senior Visiting Scientist, NOAA, USA
  • 1975–1975
    Consultant, WMO, Geneva
  • 1967–1968
    Senior Scientific Officer, RSRS, UK
  • 1965–1966
    Post-doc Fellow, NMIMT, New Mexico, USA


  • 1980 
    University of Qld, DSc
  • 1965 
    University of Melbourne, PhD