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Peter Pockley

Peter Pockley (pointing) during preparations at CSIRO's Parkes radiotelescope for the Our World global telecast in 1967 – the first global television broadcast. Source: CSIRO

Australia's longest-serving science journalist, and long-time columnist for Australasian Science, has passed away.

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Australasian Science is mourning the loss of Dr Peter Pockley, who passed away peacefully at home on 11 August 2013 at the age of 78.

Pockley was a key contributor to the magazine and its predecessor, Search, for more than 20 years, and an important and much valued mentor. His most recent contribution to the magazine was a series of three blogs in May 2013 that published Freedom of Information documents detailing the appointment of tobacco lobbyist Donna Staunton as CSIRO's Director of Communications.

Pockley completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, and obtained first-class Honours in chemistry. After a Diploma of Education (first-class Honours) he taught science at Melbourne Grammar School before completing a PhD in Geology at Oxford.

In 1964 he became the first scientist to work full-time as a science reporter and producer in the Australian media, and became founding Head of Science Programs at the ABC, where set up the Science Unit for TV and Radio. His first regular program, Insight, continues today under the title Ockham's Razor while the weekly program The World Tomorrow was the...

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