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Biographical entry Florey, Howard Walter (1898 - 1968)

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Born
24 September 1898
Malvern, South Australia, Australia
Died
21 February 1968
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Occupation
Pathologist

Summary

Howard Florey was Professor of Pathology, University of Sheffield 1931-1935 and at the University of Oxford 1935-1962. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 1945 for work on penicillin and was Chancellor of the Australian National University 1965-1968. Florey was educated at the Universities of Adelaide (MB, BS), Oxford (MA, BSc) and Cambridge (PhD 1927). He was created Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston in 1965.

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Events

1921
Education - Rhodes Scholar for South Australia
1925
Career position - Rockefeller Travelling Fellow in the United States
1927 - ?
Career position - Huddersfield Lecturer in Special Pathology at the University of Cambridge, UK
1931 - 1935
Career position - Joseph Hunter Professor of Pathology at the University of Sheffield, UK
1941 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1944
Award - Knighted
1945
Award - Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine received (shared with E. Chain and A. Fleming)
1960 - 1965
Career position - First Australian President of the Royal Society
1962 -
Career position - Professor of Pathology and Head of the Pathology School at the University of Oxford, UK
1965
Award - Life Peer
1965 - 1968
Career position - Chancellor of the Australian National University in Canberra

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Archival resources

John Curtin School of Medical Research

  • Howard Walter Florey - Records, 1945 - 1955; John Curtin School of Medical Research. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Howard Walter Florey - Records, 1905 - 1967, DeB 220-221; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Powerhouse Museum

  • Royal de Rohan Barondes, 1944 - 1955, 99/30/1:3, 2002/87/1; Powerhouse Museum. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bickel, Lennard, Rise up to life: a biography of Howard Walter Florey who gave Penicillin to the world, Angus and Robertson (U.K.), London, 1972, 314 pp. Details
  • Bickel, Lennard, Florey, the Man who Made Penicillin., Sun Books, South Melbourne, 1983. Details
  • Lax, Eric, The Mould in Dr Florey's Coat: the Remarkable True Story of the Penicillin Miracle, Little, Brown, London, 2004, 389 pp. Details
  • MacFarlane, Robert Gwyn, Howard Florey, The Making of a Great Scientist, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979. Details
  • Williams, Trevor I., Howard Florey: Penicillin and After, Oxford University Press, London, 1984, 417 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Beale, R, 'Howard Walter Florey', in Australia's Nobel Laureates - Adventures in Innovation, ABIE Australian Business and Investment Explorer, Sydney, 2004, pp. 34-43. Details
  • Fenner, Frank, 'Florey, Howard Walter, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston (1898-1968), medical scientist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 188-190. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140202b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fenner, Frank, 'Obituary: Howard Walter Florey: Baron of Adelaide and Marston', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 31, no. 1, 1968, pp. 37-39. Details
  • Florey, Howard, 'David Rivett Memorial Lecture. The Development of Modern Science', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 26, 1963, pp. 99-105. Details
  • Florey, Howard, 'Development of Modern Science', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 26, no. 4, 1963, pp. 99-105. Details
  • Wernert, Gregory T., 'Howard Florey: the Man behind Penicillin', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 65, no. 8, 1998, pp. 21-25. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.