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Biographical entry Gunn, Reginald Montagu Cairns (1893 - 1974)

Born
19 October 1893
Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Died
1 July 1974
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Veterinary scientist

Summary

Rex Gunn was Professor of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney 1948-1958, after having been Lecturer in veterinary anatomy and surgery 1922-1944 and Reader 1944-1946. As Professor and Dean of the Faculty for two terms he had a major role in raising standards at the University of Sydney veterinary school. He was a world authority on the fertility of rams and pioneered early work of sheep breeding. He was the first to discover the adverse effects of Australia's hot dry climate on the fertility of merino rams. Gunn served with the Australian Imperial Forces during WWI and retained his association with the veterinary corps of the Australian military forces between the wars. He was actively involved with professional organisations, serving as President of the Veterinary Association of New South Wales in 1926 and the Australian Veterinary Association 1941-1944. In 1955 and in retirement he was an advisor the New Zealand Government of the establishment of a veterinary school and to the F.A.O.

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1915
Education - BAgSc, University of Sydney
1915 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
1921
Education - BSc, University of Edinburgh
1921
Education - Diploma and Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
1921 - 1945
Career position - Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy and Surgery, University of Sydney
1926
Career position - President, Veterinary Association of New South Wales
1927 - 1958
Career position - Honorary Veterinary Surgeon, Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales
1929
Education - BVSc, University of Sydney
1935
Education - DVSc, University of Sydney
1937 - 1943
Career position - Honorary Treasurer, Australian Veterinary Association, and Business Manager, Australian Veterinary Journal
1938 - 1939
Career position - President, Medical Science Club
1939
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
1941 - 1944
Career position - President, Australian Veterinary Association
1942 - 1950
Career position - President, Veterinary Surgeons Board
1945 - 1947
Career position - Reader, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
1948 - 1958
Career position - Professor of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
1954
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
1954 - 1958
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
1957 - 1958
Career position - President, Medical Science Club
1958
Life event - Retired

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Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Reginald Montagu Cairns Gunn - Records, 1912 - 1964, P 78; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Taylor, Robert I., 'Gunn, Reginald Montagu Cairns (1893-1974), Professor of Veterinary Science', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 342-343. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140390b.htm. Details

Edited Books

  • Egerton, John (ed.), Veterinary research at the University of Sydney: the first century, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, 2016, 431 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Reginald Montague Cairns Gunn, ED, DVSc, BScAgr, BSc, FRCVS', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 50, no. 9, 1974, pp. 415-416. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn