Professor Frederick Lin Sutherland

Professor Lin Sutherland gained his BSc (Hons) in 1962 and MSc in 1966 from the University of Tasmania and a PhD from James Cook University of North Queensland in 1980. He worked as a geological curator at Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, and West Coast Pioneers Memorial Mining Museum, Zeehan, Tasmania. In 1973, he was appointed Curator of Minerals and then Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Sydney, until his retirement in 2001. Since then, Professor Sutherland has served as an Adjunct Professor, School of Sciences, University of Western Sydney, and now continues as a Senior Fellow at the Australian Museum.
His research interests include Australian and Asian minerals and gemstones, volcanic processes along Pacific continental margins, high pressure mineralogy and petrology of mantle and crustal xenocrysts and xenoliths and their tectonic settings. This led to books on ‘Gemstones of the Southern Continents’, ‘The Volcanic Earth’, ‘Earthquakes and Volcanoes’, ‘Gemstones and Minerals of Australia’ (with Gayle Webb) and ‘Geology of the Barrington Tops Plateau: Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones’ (with Ian Graham). He is a Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of New South Wales, Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia and past President, Royal Society of New South Wales.
He has authored and co-authored over 150 peer reviewed scientific papers, involving many areas including Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Asia, Russia and South America. He has added many geological materials to the Australian Museum collections for display and research from his travels and meetings in many places around the World. Professor Sutherland was involved in the installation of the Planet of Minerals and Chapman Mineral Collection galleries in the Australian Museum and has served on the International Mineral Association Commissions on Museums and on Gem Materials.