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Biographical entry Stocker, John Wilcox (1945 - )


23 April 1945
Immunologist and Medical scientist


John Wilcox Stocker is an immunologist who has held the positions of both CEO (1990-95) and Chairman (2007-09)of the CSIRO.

From 1996 to 1999 Stocker was Chief Scientist of Australia, appointed to the position by Peter McGauran, Minister for Science and Technology at the time.

Director of Research and Innovation at Pratt Industries. In 1996 Stocker was one of the founders of Foursight Associates, a company advising on R&D and science to companies, investment institutions, academics and government. He was educated at the University of Melbourne (MB, BS, BMedSc, PhD) and worked in medicine soon after graduating.



1970 - 1972
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
1974 - 1976
Career position - Research Scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1976 - 1978
Career position - Scientist at the Basel Institute of Immunology, Switzerland
1979 - 1984
Career position - Scientist at the Central Research Unit of Hoffman-La Roche & Co. in Basel
1986 - 1987
Career position - Director of Pharmaceutical Research at Hoffman-La Roche & Co.
1987 - 1990
Career position - Founding Managing Director of AMRAD (Australian Medical Research and Development Corporation)
1988 -
Career position - Director of the Victorian Government Strategic Research Foundation
1990 - 1995
Career position - Chief Executive at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1992 -
Career position - Director of Gene Shears Pty Ltd
Award - Australian of the Year
1995 -
Career position - Director of Research and Innovation at Pratt Industries
Career position - Foursight Associates established
1996 - 1999
Career position - Chief Scientist of Australia
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia for services to Australian scientific and technological research
Award - Centenary Medal for services to science and technology

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Dr John Stocker, scientist [sound recording] / interviewer, Diana Giese, 1 June 2000, TRC 4585; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Grose, Simon, 'A scientist determined to have his voice heard', The Canberra Times, Monday, December 9, 1996, p. 11. Details

Online Resources

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