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(25 April 1924 - 15 June 2015)
In childhood, John was known to his family as 'Jack' and is Uncle Jack and Cousin Jack for many loving members of the family.

An obituary was published in the Sydney Morning Herald in November 2015: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/john-swan-a-leading-scientist-with-boundless-enthsiasm-20151030-gkmoy5.html

A 5-minute tribute was presented on ABC radio on 20 December 2015. It replays part of a Radio National interview with JMS in 1999. Go to:

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Here is the text of John's death notice, published in The Age and the Herald Sun on Wednesday 17 June 2015:

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John Melvin Swan AO
25.4.1924 – 15.6.2015

Peacefully at home

Caring husband to Ailsa (dec.) and Nancy (dec.); loving father to Margaret, Barbara, Sally and Angus; devoted brother to Barbara, Bill (dec.) and Kath (dec.); loving grandfather to Thor, Michaela, Athol, Oscar, Erin, Jemma, Carl and Tully; and happy great-grandpa to Archer.

Enthusiastic research scientist, Emeritus Professor, academic, administrator, conservationist, environmentalist, inventor, public speaker, and lover of art, music and poetry.

A well rounded, honourable life.

Thanks to the wonderful staff of Malvern Home Care, Cabrini Palliative Care, all treating doctors and his many friends for support during the last year.

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John's professional biography is available online via:
National Library of Australia: http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1476117
Encyclopedia of Australian Science: http://www.eoas.info/biogs/P000818b.htm
The Wallaby Club: http://www.wallabyclub.org.au/compendium/biogs/E000448b.htm

An oral history was recorded by Professor Ron Brown in 2008 for the Australian Academy of Science: https://www.science.org.au/learning/general-audience/history/interviews-australian-scientists/professor-john-swan-1924-2015

Another oral history (3 hours long!) was recorded by Peter Pockley for the National Library of Australia: see http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-219715786/listen


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