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Biographical entry Curtis, David Roderick (1927 - 2017)

FAA, FRS

Born
3 June 1927
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
11 December 2017
Occupation
Pharmacologist and Neurobiologist

Summary

David Curtis was Professor of Pharmacology, Australian National University 1966-1988 and Director and Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research, John Curtin School of Medical Research 1989-1992. He is interested in the identification and pharmacology of central transmitters in the mammal.

Details

Born 3 June 1927. Educated University of Melbourne (MB, BS 1950) and Australian National University (PhD 1957). AC 1992. Junior Resident Medical Officer, Royal Melbourne Hospital 1951-52, Senior Resident Medical Officer, Royal Melbourne Hospital 1952-53, Registrar, Department of Neurology, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne 1953-54, Research Scholar, Department of Physiology, Australian National University 1954-56, Research Fellow 1956-57, Fellow 1957-59, Senior Fellow 1959-62, Professorial Fellow 1962-66, Professor of Pharmacology 1966-68, Professor of Neuropharmacology 1968-73, Professor of Pharmacology, Head of Department of Pharmacology 1973-88, Chairman, Division of Physiological Sciences, John Curtin School of Medical Research 1988, Head, Division of Neuroscience 1989, Director and Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research, John Curtin School of Medical Research 1989-92, University Fellow, Australian National University 1993-95. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1965, Fellow, Royal Society 1968, President, Australian Academy of Science 1986-90, Burnet Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science, 1983. President, The Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society 1992-95.

Related Corporate Bodies

  • Alfred Hospital (1871 - )

    David Curtis was a Registrar in the Department of Neurology at The Alfred Hospital from 1953 to 1954.

    Date: 1953 - 1954

  • Australian Academy of Science (1954 - )

    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA); President of the Australian Academy of Science 1986-90; Burnet Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science, 1983

    Date: 1965

  • Australian National University (1946 - )

    David Curtis held multiple positions at the Australian National University from Research Scholar in 1954 to Professor of Pharmacology (1966 - 1968 and 1973 - 1988), Professor of Neuropharmacology (1968 - 1973), and Head of the Department of Pharmacology (1973 - 1988). Between 1993 and 1995 he also served as a University Fellow.

    Date: 1954 - 1995

  • Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society (1960 - )

    David Curtis was President of the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society from 1992 to 1995.

    Date: 1992 - 1995

  • John Curtin School of Medical Research (1948 - )

    David Curtis worked at the John Curtin School of Medical Research as Chairman of the Division of Physiological Sciences (1988), Head of the Division of Neuroscience (1989), Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research (1989 - 1992) and Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research (1989 - 1992).

    Date: 1988 - 1992

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital (1935 - )

    David Curtis held multiple positions at the Royal Melbourne Hospital including Junior Resident Medical Officer (1951 - 1952) and Senior Resident Medical Officer (1952 - 1953).

    Date: 1951 - 1953

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • David Roderick Curtis - Records, 1954 - 2005, MS 217; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Fenner, Frank and Curtis, David, The John Curtin School of Medical Research: the First Fifty Years, 1948-1998, Brolga Press, Gundaroo, New South Wales, 2001, 565 (577) pp. Details

Edited Books

  • Clifford, Harold T. (ed.), Cambridge - Castlemaine: a Tribute to John Stewart Turner on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, Botany Department, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 1988, 71 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Curtis, David, 'Sir John Eccles, AC - Nobel Laureate', Melbourne University Magazine, no. 2002, 2002, pp. 28-29. Details
  • Curtis, David R.; Andersen, Per, 'John Carew Eccles 1903-1997', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 3, 2001, pp. 439-473. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR0011340439.htm. Details
  • Curtis, David; Andersen, Per, 'Sir John Carew Eccles, AC', Royal Society of London, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, vol. 47, 2001, pp. 161-187. Details

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Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.