Brian’s Career

BORN
Sydney 1934

MARRIED
To (Dr.) Avril Searle, 1969; Avril deceased 20 July 2017; three children (1 born Iowa City; 2 born Houston); nine grandchildren, one greatgrandson.

EDUCATION:

1954    BSc [Hons. 1], School of Physics, University of Sydney;
1957     PhD Physics, University of Sydney.

POSITIONS

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;

1971-1977
Foundation Director of Environmental Protection, Foundation Chairman of Environmental Protection  Authority [EPA] and Chairman of Environmental Protection Council (EPC), Govt. of WA;

1969-1970
Visiting Scientist, University of Sydney;

1963-1968
Professor of Space Science, Rice University, Houston Texas;

1964 (3 months)
Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Sydney;

1959-1963
Asst. then Assoc. Prof. Physics, State Univ. Iowa, Iowa City;

1958-1959
Deputy Chief Physicist, Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, Melbourne;

AWARDS:
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;

MEMBERSHIPS:
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.