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Biographical entry Black, Robert Hughes (1917 - 1988)

Born
20 December 1917
Willaura, Victoria, Australia
Died
17 March 1988
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Medical scientist

Summary

Robert Black was Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Sydney from 1963 to 1982. He also worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1946-1948) before joining the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Sydney in 1951. Black also worked as a consultant physician at St Vincent's Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Prince Henry's Hospital. He was educated at the Universities of Sydney (MB, BS) and Liverpool (Dip. Tropical Medicine and Health, ED, MD, Dip Anth) and served as a captain and physician with the Australian Army Medical Corps during World War II. Black was Australia's leading researcher into malaria from the 1950s to the 1970s and as advisor to the Australian Army was instrumental in the establishment of the Army's renowned malaria research facility. He participated in international malaria surveillance programs particularly for the WHO and the South Pacific Commission.

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1939
Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1940
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1941
Career position - Senior Resident, Innisfail Hospital, Queensland
1941 - 1942
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps and the Australian Imperial Forces
1943 - 1946
Career position - Medical Scientist at LHQ Medical Research Unit in Cairns, Queensland
1946
Career position - Bacteriologist, Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
1947
Education - MD, University of Sydney
1947 - 1948
Career position - UK Medical Research Council Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
1948
Education - Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
1949 - 1951
Career position - Medical Officer, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney
1951 - 1955
Career position - Lecturer, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Sydney
1955 - 1963
Career position - Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney
1959 - 1979
Career position - Advisor on malaria to the Australian Army
1963
Education - Diploma of Anthropology, University of Sydney
1963 - 1982
Career position - Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Sydney
1965 - 1988
Award - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1982
Life event - Retired
1986
Award - Darling Prize and Medal for Malaria received from the World Health Organisation

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Archival resources

Private hands (Black, R.H.)

  • Robert Hughes Black - Records, 1917 - 1988; Private hands (Black, R.H.). Details

Published resources

Books

  • Howie-Willis, Ian, An unending war: the Australian Army's struggle against malaria 1885 - 2015, Big Sky Publishing, Newport (N.S.W.), 2016, 348 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Cossart, Yvonne, 'Black, Robert Hughes (1917-1988), Professor of Tropical Medicine', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 107-108. Details

Journal Articles

  • Howie-Willis, Ian, '"A near-run thing": the foundation and early years of 1 Malaria Research Laboratory, forerunner of the Australian Army Malaria Institute, 1963 - 1969 (part 4 of "Pioneers of Australian military malariology")', Journal of Military and Veterans' History, vol. 25, no. 2, 2017, pp. 69-84. Details
  • Sharp, Peter, 'Robert Hughes Black', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 151, 1989, pp. 171-2. Details

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See also

  • Spencer, Margaret, Malaria: the Australian Experience, 1843-1991, Australian College of Tropical Medicine, Townsville, 1994, 213 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn