Professor Peter Howard has been Chair in Geology at Macquarie University for over 20 years. He was appointed as Professor in Geology in 1971 with a speciality in economic geology at a time when Earth Sciences was the largest school at Macquarie with 65 teachers and 30 support staff.
At the time, Macquarie only offered one degree – a Bachelor of Arts – so Macquarie’s second Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edwin Webb, created a science committee to address this. Professor Howard was its founding chair and the Bachelor of Science was introduced in 1980 as a result of its work under his leadership.
In his youth, Professor Howard had aspirations to work on the land, but when World War II broke out he became a fighter pilot in northern Australia and New Guinea.
After his discharge from the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of 21, he enrolled at the University of Adelaide where he earned a Bachelor of Science Honours (First Class) and the university medal. He was subsequently awarded scholarships to Harvard University where he gained his masters and PhD.
Emeritus Professor Peter Howard is a donor and member of the Lincoln Legacy Society. He is a founding member of the Library Friends Foundation and has donated a set of 16th Century books which are housed in the Library’s rare book collection.