Published on August 28th, 2014 | by webadmin


Rex J Lipman Fellows Program 2014 Public Lecture Series

Don’t Miss the Bus: Neuroscience – The Miracle of the 21st Century

In his final public lecture, Dr. Rex J Lipman shares his passion and learning about neuroscience – the miracle of the 21st Century learning. Over the last 100 years, the life span of human beings has increased by more than fifteen years – and this trend is being maintained. How will this impact our lives? Over the last decade there has been incredible progress in our understanding of exactly how our brain works – and what we can do to make it perform better! Rex, who has been working with former Lipman Fellow, Professor Mike Merzenich, one of the world’s most prominent neuroscientists, will speak about how neuroscience is affecting our lives.

Established in 2011, the Rex J Lipman Program: Being and Becoming is one of the most ambitious, publicly spirited educational programs created in St Peter’s College 167-year history. This will be a wonderful opportunity to thank Rex for his gift to our community. His benefaction has brought over 26 inspiring and innovative thinkers in neuroscience, public policy, science, child and adolescent wellbeing to advance learning at St Peter’s College, Adelaide with a commitment to share this with the wider South Australian community.

Dr. Rex J Lipman AO ED attended St Peter’s College from 1933-1937 and was in Short House. He joined the Citizen Military Forces after completing his education at Saints and was a junior clerk at Goldsbrough Mort. He studied commerce at night at the University of Adelaide.

He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of WWII and, early in the war, served with distinction as a Commando behind the Japanese lines in Timor and, later, as a staff officer in the famous 9th division where he was Mentioned in Dispatches (1945).

After WWII, as a Lt Colonel, he was the first Commanding Officer of the Adelaide University Regiment. It was during this time that he successfully studied dental surgery and built a large practice in Adelaide. In 1947, he married Eve Fisher, who, as an ’other ranks’ army nurse, nursed him in hospital, in 1942. They have a truly wonderful family – five children, fifteen grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In the 1960s, he was involved with banking and finance and was CEO of Adelaide’s most successful Merchant Bank. In the 1970s he set up Angas Travel and brought the Swiss Hotel Association and the Cordon Bleu of Paris to Australia. Towards the end of the 1990s, Rex’s son, Gerald, took over as CEO of the International College of Hotel Management that Rex had started in 1992. It is now one of the leading International hotel Management schools in the Western World and has enrolled students from ninety different countries.

Dr. Lipman was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for his contribution to the banking and thoroughbred horse racing industries, and, in 2008, for his services to education, tourism and the hotel industries, he was made an Officer of that Order. In the 1990s, the French Government acknowledged his services to France, by making him a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officier in the Ordre National du Mérite. In July of this year, in the Bastille Day Honour’s List, he was promoted to the rank of Officier de La Légion d’Honneur  – an extremely rare honour for an Australian.

As this will be Rex Lipman’s last public lecture, all his books will be available for sale at the conclusion of the evening. The profit made on all sales made after his lecture will be donated to the RSL 2015 Centenary ANZAC Day Appeal – as a Gift from the St. Peters College community.

If those attending the lecture would please download the special pro forma on the www.anjoupublications.com website and complete the order form and bring it to the Memorial Hall with them where their books will be handed to them. This will save purchasers the cost of packaging and postage.

Entry is by gold coin donation, all monies raised donated to charity

For online bookings please follow this link: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=100342

Enquiries to Margaret Pullen

Email: mpullen@stpeters.sa.edu.au

Phone: 08 8404 0436

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