AM, BA, Dip Ed (Syd), MA (Oxon), PhD (Tas), Dip Law (NSW), Hon FAIUS
Dr Bob Solomon lectured in urban, economic and historical geography before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1969. In 1971 he persuaded the Liberal-Country Party government that the Commonwealth should be involved in urban affairs, which saw the establishment in 1972 of the National Urban and Regional Development Authority (NURDA). This was supplemented under the Whitlam Government by the Department of Urban and Regional Development (DURD).
Bob’s doctoral thesis on Hobart was published as Urbanisation: The Evolution of an Australian Capital (1976, 434pp) and in 1988 The Richest Lode: Broken Hill 1883-1998 (424pp, 600 illustrations) was widely acclaimed. Bob was Chairman of AIUS NSW for the first time in 1978 and again since 2002. He was twice national Chairman in the 1980s and made an Honorary Fellow of AIUS in 1986.