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Biographical entry Henderson, Gilbert Dowling (1890 - 1977)

Born
7 July 1890
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
19 October 1977
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Dentist

Summary

Gilbert Henderson was a dentist who for many years was Dean of the College of Dental Science in Perth, Western Australia. His particular expertise was in oral surgery and radiology. During WWII he served at the Military Hospital in Heidelberg, Victoria, where specialised in designing mechanical aids for repairing fractured facial bones, and fine prosthetic shields to restore soft tissue loss around the face. He was best known for building a prosthetic hand, activated by rods inserted in the arm muscles. Henderson resumed his role at the College of Dental Science after the war. Committed to community service, he was honorary oral surgeon to Royal Perth and Fremantle hospitals and to the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. For many years Henderson was actively involved in the Western Australia Branch of the Australian Dental Association. The Faculty of Dental Science, University of Western Australia, established the Gilbert Henderson Prize in oral surgery and conferred on him a Doctorate of Dental Science.

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Events

1915
Career event - Registered by the Dental Board of Western Australia
1922
Career position - Foundation Member, Western Australian Branch, Australian Dental Association
1926 - 1942?
Career position - Chairman, Perth Dental Hospital
1936 - 1942
Career position - Dean, Western Australian College of Dental Science
1942 - 1945
Career position - Captain (later Major), Australian Army Medical Corps (Dental)
1945 - 1965
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Dental Association Congress, Perth
1945 - 1965
Career position - Dean, College of Dental Science, Perth
1950
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.)
1950 - 1977
Career position - Fellow, International College of Dentistry
1965
Career position - Fellow, International College of Dentistry

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Stockwell, R. F., 'Henderson, Gilbert Dowling (1890 - 1977), dentist', in Cunneen, Christopher (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplement 1850 - 1980, Melbourne Uinversity Press, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 173-4. Details

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