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Biographical entry Burkitt, Arthur Neville St George Handcock (1891 - 1959)

25 March 1891
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
14 December 1959
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Arthur Burkitt was Professor of Anatomy, University of Sydney 1925-1955. He was fluent in several languages and assisted students by translating for them.


Born Goulburn, New South Wales, 25 March 1891. Died Sydney, 14 December 1959. Educated University of Sydney (BSc 1910, MB 1916). Resident, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 1917; part-time demonstrator in anatomy, University of Sydney 1918; surgeon lieutenant, Royal Australian Navy 1918-19; lecturer and demonstrator, anatomy department, University of Sydney 1919-24; associate-professor 1925; Challis professor of anatomy 1926-55. Provided a major collection of European scientific literature which provided the basis of the Burkitt Library in the faculty of medicine.

Related Corporate Bodies

  • Royal Australian Navy (c. 1910 - )

    Arthur Burkitt served as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy from 1918 to 1919.

    Date: 1918 - 1919

  • The University of Sydney (1850 - )

    Arthur Burkitt held multiple positions within the field of Anatomy at the University of Sydney between 1918 and 1955. Positions included, part-time Demonstrator (1918), Lecturer (1919 - 1924), Associate Professor (1925) and Challis Professor (1926 - 1955).

    Date: 1918 - 1955

Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Arthur Neville St George Handcock Burkitt - Records, 1923 - 1950, P 151; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Stone, Jonathan, 'Burkitt, Arthur Neville St George Handcock (1891-1959), Professor of Anatomy', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 306-307. Also available at Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.