Fellows of Senate

Edith Lees

Edith Lees was a Fellow of Senate elected by the academic staff from 1974 to 1975.


BSc PhD Lond
Fellow of Senate 1974 - 1975

Edith Lees was born in England in 1938 in industrial south-east Lancashire and then studied Chemistry at Royal Holloway College, London University.

With a PhD in Organic Chemistry she came to Australia in 1963 to work with Professor R K Morton in Adelaide.

After his death and several years in Bill Elliott's Department, she moved to Agricultural Chemistry in the University of Sydney where she taught Agricultural Chemistry. There she supervised graduate students, and undertook substantial administrative duties, including being the first woman directly elected by the academic staff as a Fellow of Senate.

She was Treasurer of the Australian Society for biochemistry and Molecular Biology for a 5-year period in the 1990s and the Society's representative on the Council of the Federation of Asian and oceanic Biochemists and Molecular Biologists for several years.