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Biographical entry Thorburn, Geoffrey Donald (1930 - 1996)

FAA, AO

Born
2 February 1930
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
28 October 1996
Occupation
Physiologist

Summary

Geoffrey Donald Thorburn, a reproductive physiologist, was Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, Monash University 1981-96. He originated chronic foetal catheterisation for studying the foetus in utero allowing, for the first time, assessment of the physiological, hormonal and biochemical status of the undisturbed foetus and growth-retarded foetus.

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1954
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc (Med)) completed at the University of Sydney
1956
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
1956
Career position - Junior Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, New South Wales
1957
Career position - Senior Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1958
Career position - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Fellow in Physiology at the University of Sydney
1959
Career position - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Fellow in Physiology at the Hallstrom Institute of Cardiology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1960
Career position - Research Fellow at the Life Insurance Medical Research Fund of Australia and New Zealand in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney
1961 - 1963
Career position - Travelling Fellow of the Life Insurance Medical Research Fund of Australia and New Zealand in the Department of Physiology at the Harvard Medical School
1966 - 1969
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of New South Wales
1969 - 1971
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Animal Physiology in Prospect, New South Wales
1971
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at
1972
Career position - Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Division of Animal Physiology
1973 - 1977
Career position - Researcher at the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
1973 - 1977
Career position - Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK
1973 - 1977
Career position - Member of External Scientific Staff of the Medical Research Council
1977 - 1980
Career position - Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Queensland
1977 - 1980
Career position - Honorary Consultant Clinical Physiologist to the Princess Alexandra Hospital
1977 - 1980
Career position - Honorary Consultant Clinical Physiologist to the Royal Brisbane Hospital
1979
Career position - Inaugural President of the Federation of Perinatal Societies of Asia and Oceania
1981 -
Career position - Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria
1983 - 1990
Career position - Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University
1986 - 1990
Career position - Inaugural President of the Australian Perinatal Society and Chairman of the Commissioners of Fetal Physiology for the International Union of Physiological Sciences
1989
Award - Marshall Medal received from the Society for the Study of Fertility, UK
1991 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1995
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

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Journal Articles

  • Jenkin, G., Challis, J. R. G., Robinson, J. S. and Young, I. R., 'Geoffrey Donald Thorburn 1930- 1996', Historical Records of Australian Science , vol. 30, no. 1, 2009, pp. 109- 130. Details

Online Resources

  • Jenkin, G.; Challis, J.R.; Robinson, J., 'Professor Geoffrey Donald Thorburn, AO, FAA: 2 February 1930-28 October 1996', Reproduction, Fertility and Development, vol. 9, 1997, pp. 275-278. Details
  • 'Thorburn, Geoffrey Donald (1930-1996)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1474898. Details

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