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Biographical entry Chalmers, William Edwin (Bill) (1924 - 2001)

Born
19 March 1924
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Died
7 June 2001
Occupation
Orthodontist

Summary

William Edwin (Bill) Chalmers was a prominent member of Australia's dental industry and a recognised orthodontics expert. He was a founding member of the Dental Alumni Research Foundation and helped fund and establish the Dental Alumni Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. One of his biggest contributions was directed towards the welfare of his colleagues: Chalmers played a pivotal role in the development and expansion of the Professional Provident Fund superannuation scheme of the Australian Dental Association, Victorian branch.

Details

Even though William Edwin (Bill) Chalmers began his dental studies in 1940, he did not graduate until 1949. His studies were interrupted from May 1943 to February 1945 because of the war. During this period Chalmers served with the Australian Navy in Australia, Colombo, Ceylon, and in the Pacific. He was even present at surrender by the Japanese and received three medals for his service. Back in Australia and at the University of Melbourne Chalmers completed Bachelor of Dental Science and set up a general dentistry practice in around 1950. By 1952 he had became an orthodontics specialist and he and his practice developed a sound reputation in the field.

Throughout his career, Chalmers was heavily involved in the various national and international dental societies including the Australian Orthodontics Society, the Australian Dental Association (especially the Victorian branch) and the international College of Dentists. He was also a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (an international honorary dental association) and a founding member of the Dental Alumni Research Foundation.

Events

1940 - 1943
Career position - Started dental studies at the University of Melbourne
1943 - 1945
Career position - War service with the Australian Navy
c. 1945
Award - War Service Medal 1935-1945 and the Burma Medal received
1945 - 1949
Education - Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
c. 1950 - c. 1952
Career position - Established a private general dentistry practice in East Malvern, Victoria
1952 -
Career position - Practice changed to an orthodontics specialist clinic
1967 -
Career position - Trustee of the Professional Provident Fund of the Australian Dental Association
1976
Career position - Deputy Chairman of the Professional Provident Fund of the Australian Dental Association
1980 - 1989
Career position - Chairman of the Professional Provident Fund of the Australian Dental Association
1988
Award - Regent of the Australian Section of the College of Dentists
1989
Award - Award for Distinguished Services received from the Australian Dental Association, Victorian branch
1991 - 2001
Career position - Treasurer of the Australian Section of the College of Dentists
2000
Award - Philippine Liberation Medal received

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