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Biographical entry Phillips, Gilbert Edward (1904 - 1952)

23 September 1904
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
12 September 1952
Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia


Gilbert Phillips was one of Australia's first neurosurgeons. In the 1930s he spent three years studying in the United Kingdom under the leading neurosurgeons of the day and established the path of his future career. Much of has career was at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and he lectured for many years in Neurology and Applied Neurophysiology in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Sydney. He was noted for having introduced new diagnostic tools such as electroencephalography. Phillips played a central role in the establishment in Sydney of the Northcott Neurological Centre, a clinic for the diagnosis of nervous diseases in returned servicemen. In his early career he was the first to study the blood groups of Australian Aboriginals and Maoris.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
Career position - Staff member, Department of Anatomy, University of Sydney
1930 - 1934
Award - Liston Wilson Research Fellowship
1931 - 1933
Award - Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in Surgery, University of Sydney
1934 - 1936
Career position - Consulting Neurosurgeon, Lewisham General Hospital, New South Wales
1935 - 1937
Career position - Lecturer in Surgery, University of Sydney
Education - MS, University of Sydney
Award - Peter Bancroft Prize, University of Sydney (joint award with Stuart Morson)
1937 - 1944
Career position - Honorary Assistant Neurosurgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1937 - 1945
Career position - Consultant (part-time), Royal Australian Air Force
1937 - 1952
Career position - Lecturer in Neurology and Applied Neurophysiology, Department of Anatomy, University of Sydney
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Career position - Founding Member, Society of Australasian Neurological Surgeons
1945 - 1946
Career position - Seconded to Royal Army Medical Corps, United Kingdom
1947 - 1952
Career position - Honorary Neurosurgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

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  • Burkitt, A. N. St G., 'Obituary: Gilbert Edward Phillips', Medical Journal of Australia, 1952 (2) (1952), 796-9. Details


See also

  • Curtis, J. Bryant, Miller, Douglas and Simpson, Donald, 'The Neurosurgical Society of Australasia: the first forty years', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 50 (4) (1980), 434-7. Details
  • Simpson, D. A., Jamieson, K. G. and Morson, S. M., 'The foundations of neurosurgery in Australian and New Zealand', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 44 (3) (1974), 215-27. Details

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