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Biographical entry Harris, Lawrence Herschel Levi (Herschel) (1871 - 1920)

8 December 1871
Kennsington, England
13 September 1920
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Lawrence Herschel L. (Herschel) Harris arrived in Sydney, Australia when only an infant. He went on to study medicine and became a world-renowned expert in radiography. In 1896c Harris set up Sydney Hospital's first X-ray Unit and pioneered the use of X-rays to heal keloid scars. He also established specialized training for sisters, wrote at least twenty-eight papers on radiology, and worked as an honorary radiologist at many Sydney hospitals. During World War I, Herchel Harris enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was sent to France and Greece.



Education - Enrolled in Arts at the University of Sydney
Education - Transferred to Medicine at the University of Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) & Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1896 - 1897
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Sydney Hospital
c. 1897
Career position - Founder of the X-ray Unit at Sydney Hospital
1897 - 1900
Career position - Senior Resident at Sydney Hospital
1900 -
Career position - Honorary Skiagrapher, then Radiographer at the Sydney Hospital
1902 -
Career position - Honorary Radiographer at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
1911 -
Career position - Honorary Radiographer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Career position - Captain and Radiologist at the Australian Voluntary Hospital in Wimereux, France
Career position - Major with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Lemnos, Greece

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Rutland, Suzanne D., 'Harris, Lawrence Herschel Levi (1871-1920), Radiologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 211-212. Also available at Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.