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Biographical entry de Silva, Pamela Elizabeth (1930 - 1997)

Born
11 March 1930
Charlton, Victoria, Australia
Died
1 May 1997
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Occupational hygienist

Summary

Pamela Elizabeth De Silva was a scientific officer and later head scientist of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the Victorian Health Department. Her particular area of expertise was lead poisoning and not long before her death she published a paper arguing that it is not high levels of lead in children's blood that causes lower intelligence, but rather that young children with lower intelligence may eat more soil or paint containing lead and thereby have higher blood lead levels.

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Events

1951
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Melbourne
1952 - 1956
Career position - Scientific Officer in the Industrial Hygiene Division of the Victorian Health Department
1965 - 1982
Career position - Scientific Officer in the Industrial Hygiene Division of the Victorian Health Department
1982
Education - Master of Public Health completed at the University of Sydney
1982 - 1988
Career position - Head Scientist in the Industrial Hygiene Division of the Victorian Health Department
c. 1983 - c. 1986
Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
1988 - 1995
Career position - Manager of AMCOSH
1989
Career position - First Australian President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA)

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

Rosanne Walker