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Biographical entry Bishop, Peter Orlebar (1917 - 2012)


14 June 1917
Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
3 June 2012


Peter Orlebar Bishop was Professor of Physiology, University of Sydney 1955-67 and at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra 1967-82. He provided increased understanding of people's ability to see in three dimensions.


Born Tamworth, New South Wales, 14 June 1917. Educated University of Sydney (MB, BS 1940, DSc 1967). AO 1986. Junior Resident Medical Officer, Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney 1941, Neurological Registrar 1941-42, Surgeon Lieutenant, RANR 1942-46, Clinical Assistant in Neurosurgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 1946, Fellow, Postgraduate Committee in Medicine, University of Sydney 1946-50, Clinical Clerk, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square London 1946-47, Research Fellow, Department of Anatomy, University College London 1947-50, Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council, Department of Surgery, University of Sydney 1950-51, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University of Sydney 1951-54, Reader in Physiology 1954-55, Professor of Physiology and Head of Department of Physiology 1955-67, Professor and Head of Department of Physiology, Australian National University 1967-82, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Anatomy and Histology, University of Sydney 1987-. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1967, Fellow, Royal Society 1977, Australia Prize 1993. Chairman of Board, "Historical Records of Australian Science" 1982-1997. The P.O. Bishop Medal, awarded annually to the top student taking the Bachelor of Science (Medical) degree, was struck by the University of Sydney in his honour.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Peter Orlebar Bishop - Records, 1950 - 1967, MS 154; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Bishop, P. O., 'Terra Australis Incognita: the Emergence of Physiology in Australia', in D. G. Garlick and P. I. Korner (eds), Frontiers in Psychological Reserach, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 1984, pp. 1-15. Details
  • Bishop, P. O., 'Davies, Harold Whitridge (1894-1946), Professor of Physiology', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 580-581. Also available at Details

Edited Books

  • Moyal, Ann (ed.), Portraits in Science, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1994, 209 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bishop, P. O., 'Physiology in Sydney in the 1950s', Proceedings of the Australian Phsyiological and Pharmacologial Society, vol. 14, no. 1, 1983, pp. 48-57. Details

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See also

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