Elected F.R.S. 1965
Science, and the attempt to develop the academic standards of Australian universities, were the interests that dominated Dorothy Hill's life. We refer not only to scientific endeavours as undertaken by herself and her colleagues, but also to basic approaches to administrative, commercial, educational and personal aspects of her life. Early in her career she learned how to develop and test hypotheses. To apply this philosophy to a wider range of problems, she had to be able to trust people and to make valid critical judgements; this required a high standard of conduct on her part as well as that of other people. Her students and the university staff responsible to her during her later years all attest to the fact that she could be utterly relied upon. Guile was a word she did not recognize. In an interview that she gave at the end of her career, she commented that she had been most concerned with the integrity of those with whom she had dealings of significance. This approach stood her in good stead in most of her dealings but, as one would expect, her judgements of the quality of fellow workers were not always faultless.