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Biographical entry Dintenfass, Leopold (1921 - 1990)

Born
29 April 1921
Tarnow, Poland
Died
8 August 1990
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physical chemist and Medical scientist

Summary

Leopold Dintenfass had a significant international reputation in the field of biorheology. After arriving in Sydney he worked for several years in the paint industry before changing to biorheological research. Dintenfass was noted for his skill in designing instruments ('viscometers') for making his pioneering measurements. He developed the first Australian experiment conducted on the space shuttle and published widely on haemorheology and biorheology, notably the books Blood microrheology (1971) and Rheology of blood in diagnostic and preventive medicine (1976). Dintenfass was Honorary Associate, Department of Medicine, University of Sydney 1962 - 1967, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology, Sydney Hospital 1967 - 1975. He then became Director of Haemorheology and Biorheology at the Institute from 1976 to 1982, moving his laboratory to the Rachel Forster Hospital, Redfern, when the Institute was dispersed.

Details

Events

1946
Education - Dip.Ing.(Chem.), Lviv Polytechnical Institute, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.
1950
event - Migrated to Australia
1950 - 1956
Career position - Research scientist, BALM Paints
1955
Life event - Naturalised as an Australian citizen
1956 - 1962
Career position - Research scientist, Taubman Paints
1958
Education - MSc, University of New South Wales
1958 - 1963
Career position - Secretary, New South Wales Branch, British Society of Rheology
1962
Education - PhD, University of New South Wales
1962 - 1975
Career position - Honorary Associate, Department of Medicine, University of Sydney
1963 - 1965
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, British Society of Rheology
1967 - 1975
Career position - Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology, Sydney Hospital
1969 - 1975
Career position - Secretary for Australian and New Zealand, International Society of Biorheology
1976 - 1982
Career position - Director of Haemorheology and Biorheology, Kanematsu Memorial Institute of Pathology, Sydney Hospital
1986
Life event - Retired

Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Leopold Dintenfass - Records, 1958 - 1988, P.194; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Carmody, John, 'Dintenfass, Leopold (1921 - 1990), industrial chemist and research biochemical rheologist', in Langmore, Di (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, volume 17: 1981 - 1990 A-K, Melbourne Uinversity Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 318-9. Also available at http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/dintenfass-leopold-12420. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn