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Biographical entry English, Peter Bede (1904 - 1984)

11 March 1904
Goonegerry, New South Wales, Australia
3 July 1984
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Peter English was an early pioneer of corneal transplants in Australia, the operation he preformed on a New Guinean soldier in 1945 with James McBride White receiving much publicity. He established an eye bank (1953) and a glaucoma unit (1956) at the Mater Misericordiae Public Hospital, South Brisbane: these were among the earliest such facilities in Australia. English was a long-serving member of the Council of the Ophthalmological Society of Australia, being President 1955 - 1956.



Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
Education - Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom
1942 - 1946
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps, Militia
1945 -
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1955 - 1956
Career position - President, Ophthalmological Society of Australia
Award - OBE in recognition of service to ophthalmology and medicine

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Journal Articles

  • Coster, Douglas J., 'History of corneal transplantation in Australia', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmalogy, vol. 43, 2015, pp. 268-76. Details
  • English, Frank P. and English, Kevin P., 'Obituary: Peter B. English', Australian Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 12, no. 3, 1984, pp. 299-300. Details

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