Dr Alan Bray was a long-time member of staff in the School of Agricultural Science, lecturing and researching there for 31 years. Alan Bray was born in Sydney in 1930, and educated at Katoomba High School and the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. In 1949 he joined the NSW Department of Agriculture as a sheep and wool officer then pursued a career as a wool buyer and dairy farmer before moving to the WA Australian Department of Agriculture in 1954. In 1957 he enrolled at the University of Western Australia graduating five years later with Honours in Agricultural Science. On graduation he joined the arid zone research unit of the WA Department of Agriculture in the Pilbara and before completing a PhD in 1965. The same year he took up a position of lecturer in the newly established Faculty of Agricultural Science in Hobart. Alan became a well-respected lecturer and researcher in the discipline, making a significant contribution to Tasmania’s livestock industry and to university life generally.
Awarded to the student determined to be the highest achiever in the Animal Science Unit (KLA326) based on studies undertaken in a course in the agricultural sciences. The prize will only be awarded in alternate years when KLA326 is offered and, in the view of the awarding committee, in its absolute discretion, a student of sufficient merit is available.