To (Dr.) Avril Searle, 1969; Avril deceased 20 July 2017; three children (1 born Iowa City; 2 born Houston); nine grandchildren, one greatgrandson.
1954 BSc [Hons. 1], School of Physics, University of Sydney;
1957 PhD Physics, University of Sydney.
June 2009 – to date:
Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Western Australia;
1978 - to date:
MD., Brian J. O'Brien and Assoc. P/L. Strategic & Environ. Consult., Perth;
Foundation Director of Environmental Protection, Foundation Chairman of Environmental Protection Authority [EPA] and Chairman of Environmental Protection Council (EPC), Govt. of WA;
Visiting Scientist, University of Sydney;
Professor of Space Science, Rice University, Houston Texas;
1964 (3 months)
Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Sydney;
Asst. then Assoc. Prof. Physics, State Univ. Iowa, Iowa City;
Deputy Chief Physicist, Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, Melbourne;
Brian was the first Australian to receive the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement; Other awards include Centennial medal; Paul Harris (Rotary) Medal plus Sapphire;
Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 1993; Aurora Society; Twenty Club; Rotary Club; American Geophysical Society; Australian Institute of Physics; Honorary Life Member Environmental Consultants Association, and others.