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Biographical entry Robinson, Terence James (1919 - 2004)

14 July 1919
Reading, Berkshire, England
3 September 2004
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Agricultural scientist


Terence James Robinson showed that the natural steroid hormone, progesterone, dominated the control of the oestrous cycle in sheep (1950c). This led in 1964 to controlled breeding using small polyurethane sponges, impregnated with a small quantity of a synthetic progesterone-like substance, inserted into the vaginas of ewes. Breeding took place soon after the sponges were withdrawn.


Born Reading, Berkshire, England, 14 July 1919. Educated Universities of Western Australia (MSc(Agric)), Cambridge (PhD, ScD) and California. Animal Nutrition Adviser, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia 1940-41; Lieutenant, Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve 1941-45; Assistant Animal Nutrition Officer, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia 1946-47; Hackett Research Student, Downing College, Cambridge 1947-49; Research Tutor, Trinity College, University of Melbourne 1951-52, Senior Lecturer, Physiology of Domestic Animals 1951-55; Professor of Animal Husbandry, University of Sydney 1956-84; Emeritus Professor and grazier from 1985. Chairman, Australian Society for Reproductive Biology 1969-73; Australian Representative, Standing Committee, International Congress on Animal Reproduction; editor, Animal Reproduction Science 1976-83.

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Rosanne Walker