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Biographical entry Sprent, John Frederick Adrian (1915 - 2010)


23 July 1915
London, England
1 November 2010
Moggill, Queensland, Australia
Veterinary scientist


John Sprent was Professor of Parasitology, University of Queensland, 1956-1983. He was interested in ascaridoid nematodes and their host-relationships.


Born London, England, 23 July 1915. CBE 1984. Educated University of London (BSc (hons) 1943; PhD 1945, DSc 1953). Veterinary Research Officer, Colonial Veterinary Service, Nigeria 1942-44; Cooper Centenary Research Fellowship, Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Laboratories, England 1945-46; University of London Travelling Studentship and Cooper Centenary Research Fellowship, University of Chicago 1946-47; Seymour Coman Research Fellowship in Preventive Medicine, University of Chicago 1947-48; Senior Research Fellow, Ontario Research Foundation 1948-52; Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology, University of Queensland 1952-54; Research Professor of Parasitology 1954-56, Professor of Parasitology 1956-83, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science 1963-69. Fellow, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 1960; Payne Exhibition, University of Melbourne 1961; Henry Baldwin Ward Award, American Society of Parasitologists 1962; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1964; Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1981; Fellow, Queensland Institute of Medical Research 1981. Foundation President and Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology; Foundation Fellow, Australian College of Veterinary scientists; Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences; Editor in Chief, International Journal for Parasitology 1974-93.

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Nature, vol. 53, 2007, pp. 1-156. Details
  • Bryant, Chris et al., 'John Frederick Adrian Sprent 1915-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 316-38. Details
  • Sprent, J. F. A., 'Ronald Harry Wharton 1923-83', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 6, no. 2, 1985, pp. 293-301. Also available at Details
  • Sprent, J. F. A., 'Parasitology in Brisbane', International Journal for Parasitology, vol. 16, no. 4, 1986, pp. 281-5. Details
  • Sprent, J.F., 'Harold Marshall Duncan Hoyte 1928-1996', International Journal of Parasitology, vol. 27, 1997, pp. 251-255. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.