Kathleen Rachel Makinson (nÃ©e White) was the first woman at CSIRO to become a Chief Research Scientist (in the Division of Textile Physics) and also, at the time, the first to hold the position of Acting Chief. She was an authority on wool felting friction and shrink proofing.
Qualifications and awards
Dr Makinson held a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD, both from Newnham College, Cambridge, UK. In 1981, she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and in 1982 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
1979-82: Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Textile Physics
1977-82: Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Textile Physics
1971-77: Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Textile Physics
1964-71: CSIRO Division of Textile Physics
1961-63: Visiting Scientist at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
1957-61: CSIRO Division of Textile Physics
1953-55 and 1950-52: ICI Research Fellow in Electrical engineering at the University of Leeds
1945-50: Division of Physics at the National Standards Laboratory
1944-45: CSIR Radiophysics Laboratory
1941-44: Assistant Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
1939-41: Research Assistant in Physics at the University of Sydney