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26 January 1878
Manchester, England
14 May 1942
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


William Young was the foundation Professor of Biochemistry, University of Melbourne 1938-1942. He joined the University in 1920 under W.A. Osborne after working as biochemist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville from 1913. He devised the methods still used in the marketing of ripening bananas.


Born Manchester, England, 26 January 1878. Died Melbourne, 14 May 1942. Educated University of Manchester (BSc 1898, MSc 1902). DSc, University of London, 1910. Assistant biochemist, Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, London 1902-12, biochemist, Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville, Australia 1912-19, lecturer in biochemistry, University of Melbourne 1920-24, associate professor 1924-38, professor 1938-42, secondment to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to establish laboratory and field studies into the biochemical problems of the cold storage of food 1926-28. President, Wallaby Club 1925-26; chairman, Australian College of Dentistry 1931-38; President, Royal Society of Victoria 1933-34; president, Victorian Branch, Australian Chemical Institute 1937-38, 1938-39; president, Victorian Branch, Australian Institute of Refrigeration 1941-42.

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  • William John Young - Records, 1920 - 1942; University of Melbourne Central Registry. Details

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  • 'Obituary: Professor W. J. Young, DSc', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 4, no. 6, 1942, p. 191. Details
  • Vickery, J. R., 'William John Young: a Pioneer in Food Science in Australia', Food Technology in Australia, vol. 38, no. 4, 1986, pp. 158-159. Details

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