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Biographical entry Harris, Alan William (1938 - 2006)

Born
3 June 1938
Hastings, United Kingdom
Died
18 June 2006
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Scientist

Summary

Alan Harris was a researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) for thirty-six years, retiring in 2005 at the level of Senior Research Fellow. Much of his time was spent in WEHI's Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division where he worked on the analysis of tumor development. He was one of the first to develop transgenic mice. Harris and colleagues soon uncovered how different types of leukaemias and lymphomas developed and their genetic susceptibilities. Prior to arriving at WEHI, he had worked at the Salk Institute in California where he developed numerous single antibody-producing cancer cell lines which were instrumental in the ground-breaking research of others. Harris served on the Royal Melbourne Hospital's animal ethics committee (1985-2004) and was a member of the Cancer Council of Victoria's medical and scientific committee for sixteen years.

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Events

1951
Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1960
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1962
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1966
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Toronto, Canada
c. 1967 - c. 1969
Career position - Post-doctoral studies at the Salk Institute in California, USA
1969 - c. 1980
Career position - Queen Elizabeth II Scholar in the Immunogenetics laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Parkville, Victoria
1980s - 2005
Career position - Researcher through to Senior Research Fellow in the WEHI Division of Genetics of Cancer (later Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division)
1985 - 2004
Career position - Member of the Royal Melbourne Hospital's animal ethics committee
2000
Career position - Atlas of Mouse Hematopathology co-authored

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Harris, Vivian, 'Top cancer researcher spawned Nobel effort', The Age, no. 25 August, 2006. Details

Online Resources

Annette Alafaci