Francis Brian Shorland

Francis Brian Shorland OBE (14 July 1909 – 8 June 1999) was a New Zealand organic chemist.

Francis Brian Shorland
Born14 July 1909
Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Died8 June 1999 (aged 89)
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
AwardsHector Medal (1955)
OBE (1959)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDepartment of Scientific and Industrial Research
ThesisThe composition of some New Zealand fats with special reference to fish oils (1937)
Doctoral advisorThomas Percy Hilditch


After a BSc and a MSc in organic chemistry he worked for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, before earning a scholarship to go to the University of Liverpool for a PhD under Thomas Percy Hilditch, studying fish liver oils and fats from farm animals.[1]

He was awarded a DSc by the University of Liverpool in 1950 and an honorary DSc by Victoria University of Wellington in 1970; a Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1951 and the Hector Medal in 1955.[1] In the 1959 New Year Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his role as director of the Fats Research Institute,[2] and in 1990 he received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.

After his retirement in 1969, he held several honorary posts at Victoria University of Wellington.[1] He died on 8 June 1999 and was cremated at Karori Crematorium.[3]

Shorland Medal

In 1999 the New Zealand Association of Scientists established the Shorland Medal, awarded annually in recognition of a "major and continued contribution to basic or applied research that has added significantly to scientific understanding or resulted in significant benefits to society."[4]

Year Medalist Field
1999 Michael Corballis cognitive neuroscience
2000 R. Paul Kibblewhite pulp and paper making
2001 Brian Halton strained organic compounds
2002 Hugh Bibby geothermal and volcanic systems
2003 Kenneth MacKenzie chemistry of ceramics
2004 John McKinnon wool chemistry
2005 Adya Singh wood science
2006 David Parry biophysics
2007 Robin Mitchell pathogenic bacteria
2008 Graeme L. Gainsford X-ray crystallography
2009 Alan B. Kaiser conduction
2010 Ken McNatty mammalian reproduction
2011 Harjinder Singh milk products
2012 Michael Hendy mathematical phylogeny
2013 Graham Nugent bovine tuberculosis


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Neil F.; Mattingley, Joan (2000). "Francis Brian Shorland". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ "No. 41591". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1959. p. 42.
  3. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Shorland Medal". New Zealand Association of Scientists. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
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