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Biographical entry Priestley, Henry (1884 - 1961)

Born
19 June 1884
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Died
28 February 1961
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Biochemist and Physiologist

Summary

Henry Priestley was the foundation Professor of Biochemistry, University of Sydney 1938-48. Earlier he had been bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville 1913-18 and then had various appointments at the University of Sydney. His main research interests were in physiological chemistry and nutrition.

Details

In 1886 (circa) Henry Priestley migrated to Sydney, Australia with his parents. After completing his undergraduate education Priestley enrolled at the University of Sydney. First he studied arts (1902), then engineering (1903), science (1904) and finally medicine (1906). He graduated with first class honours in medicine and won the University medal. Priestley was awarded the Beit memorial Fellowship in 1910 and chose to study nutrition at London's Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. He returned to Australia in 1913 to work as a bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Queensland. His research covered haematological aspects of hookworm infestation, and studies on many disease including trachoma and typhoid fever.

In 1918 Henry Priestley returned to New South Wales to work at the University of Sydney. His tenures included lecturer and chief physiology demonstrator, associate professor of biochemistry (1921), acting professor of physiology (1928), Head of the newly formed Department of Biochemistry (1939), Dean of the Faculty of Science (1946) and Fellow of the University Senate (1948). His work at the University saw the establishment of a BSc degree in Medicine, and a research training program for medical students. Other outside appointments held by Priestley include foundation fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, member of the Linnean Society, and advisor to many committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Events

c. 1886
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1906
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1909
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Sydney
1910
Education - Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1910
Career position - Resident at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1911 - 1912
Career position - Clinician (funded by the Beit Memorial Fellowship) at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London
9 July 1912
Life event - Married Katie Geraldine Gray Maitland in Worcestershire, UK
1913 - 1918
Career position - Bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in Townsville, Queensland
1915
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Sydney
1918 - 1920
Career position - Lecturer and Chief Demonstrator in Physiology at the University of Sydney
1921 - 1928
Career position - Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney
1928 - c. 1938
Career position - Acting Professor of Physiology at the University of Sydney
1938 -
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
1938
Career position - Foundation McCaugherty Professor at the University of Sydney
1939 -
Career position - Head of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney
1942 - 1943
Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1943 - 1944
Career position - Member of the Nutrition Committee of the NHMRC
1946 - 1948
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney
1948 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney

Published resources

Books

  • Gregory, Helen, Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940, University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, 1987, 180 pp. Details

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Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.