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Biographical entry Lush, Dora Mary (1910 - 1943)

Born
31 July 1910
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
20 May 1943
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Bacteriologist

Summary

Dora Lush was a bacteriological research fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, where she worked closely with Macfarlane Burnet. After a period of time in England Lush returned to the Institute in 1942. On 27 April 1943, while working on a vaccine for scrub typhus, Lush accidentally pricked her finger while inoculating a mouse. She died of the disease three weeks later.

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Events

1932
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1934
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1934 - 1939
Career position - Bacteriological Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1939 - 1942
Career position - Researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, London
1942 - 1943
Career position - Bacteriological Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Miss Dora Lush, MSc', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 5, no. 6, 1943, pp. 193-194. Details
  • Sankaran, N., 'Mutant Bacteriophages, Frank Macfarlane Burnet and the Changing Nature of 'Genespeak' in the 1930s', Journal of the History of Biology, vol. 43, 2010, pp. 571-599. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Burnet, Macfarlane, Sir, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1915-1965, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, 1971, 193 pp. Details
  • Fenner, F., 'Frank Macfarlane Burnet, 1899-1985', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987, pp. 39-77. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870710039.htm. Details

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