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Biographical entry Gunz, Friedrich Walter (Frederick) (1914 - 1990)

Born
17 November 1914
Munich, Germany
Died
30 October 1990
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Haematologist

Summary

Friedrich Gunz was recognised internationally for his research on Leukaemia. He was particularly interested in its aetiology and chromosome abnormalities. In 1950 he moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, as haematologist for the North Canterbury Hospital Board. Here he set up a tumour research unit and later a cytogenetics unit of which he was Director. With colleagues he described the role of the abnormal Christchurch chromosome in lymphocytic leukaemia. While Research Fellow at the New England Medical Centre, Boston, he collaborated with William Dameshek in producing Leukemia (1958), a pioneering account of the origins of leukaemia, the manifestations of its various forms, and its treatment. In 1967 Gunz moved to Australia to become Director of Medical Research, Kanematsu Memorial Institute in Sydney. He played an active role in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia, serving on several committees and editing its journal Pathology for eight years.

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1939
Education - MB BS, St Bartholomew's Hospital medical school, University of London
1942
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
1942
Education - MD, St Bartholomew's Hospital medical school, University of London
1943 - 1946
Career position - Assistant Clinical Pathologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
1946 - 1950
Career position - Research scientist, Saltwell Research School, Royal College of Physicians and University of Cambridge
1949
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
1950 - 1967
Career position - Haematologist, North Canterbury Hospital Board, Christchurch, New Zealand
1956
Career position - Research Fellow, New England Medical Centre, Boston, U.S.A.
1963 - 1967
Career position - Director, Cytogenetics Unit, BECC Society of New Zealand, Christchurch
1967 - 1980
Career position - Consultant Haematologist, Sydney Hospital
1967 - 1982
Career position - Director of Medical Research, Kanematsu Memorial Institute, Sydney Hospital
1969
Award - Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
1973 -
Career position - Chief Examiner in Haematology, Royal College of Pathologists of Australia
1973 - 1977
Career position - Chairman, Board of Censors, Royal College of Pathologists of Australia
1978 - 1985
Career position - Editor, Pathology

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Heagney, Brenda, 'Gunz, Frederick (Friedrich) Walter (1914-1990), Haematologist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 469-470. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Frederick Walter Gunz', New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 104, no. 906, 1991, p. 82. Details
  • Vincent, P., R., E. and Warren, B., 'Frederick Walter Gunz MD London, PhD Cambridge, FRCP, FRACP, FRCP 1914 - 1990', Pathology, vol. 23, 1991, pp. 80-1. Details

Online Resources

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