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Biographical entry Rubbo, Sydney Dattilo (1911 - 1969)

11 September 1911
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
14 April 1969
Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia


Sydney Dattilo Rubbo was senior lecturer in bacteriology at the University of Melbourne 1937-44. During this time he also did a medical course, where he was both lecturer and class-mate of the graduands of 1943. In 1945 he became Professor of Bacteriology, a position he held until 1969.


Born Sydney, 11 September 1911. Died April 1969. Educated Universities of Sydney (BSc, MPS), Melbourne (MD, BS) and London (PhD 1936, DSc). Research scholar, London 1935-37; senior lecturer in bacteriology, University of Melbourne 1937-44, Professor of Bacteriology 1945-69.

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Book Sections

  • Rasmussen, Carolyn, 'Rubbo, Sydney Dattilo (1911-1969), Professor of Microbiology', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 143-144. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Professor Sydney D. Rubbo, MD, DSc, DipBact, MCPA', Pathology, vol. 2, no. 1, 1970, p. 83. Details
  • Cheers, Christina, 'The House that Syd Built: an Early History of the Department of Microbiology', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 122, 2010, pp. x-xvii. Details
  • Cooper, G. N., 'Obituary: Sydney Dattilo Rubbo', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 32, no. 5, 1969, p. 201. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker