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Biographical entry Penington, David Geoffrey (1930 - )

4 February 1930
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Medical scientist


David Penington was Chairman of the AIDS Task Force 1984-1987, Vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne 1988-1995 and a co-founder of Foursight, a company set up to provide advice on R&D and science to companies, investment institutions, academics and government.


Born Melbourne, 4 February 1930. Educated Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, MA, DM, BCh. AC 1988. Consultant Physician, London Hospital 1963-67, Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne 1970-87, Vice-Chancellor 1988-95, co-founder of Foursight 1996-. Member of numerous boards and committees, including Board of Management, Cancer Institute 1978-86, Board of Management, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1978-84 and 1988-95, AIDS Task Force 1984-87, Chairman, Australian Higher Education Industry Association (and predecessor body) 1989-91, Board of Directors, Pacific Dunlop 1991-.

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National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with David Penington, medical researcher [sound recording] / interviewer, Diana Giese, 2 June 2000, TRC 4582; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

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