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Biographical entry ten Seldam, Rolf Edouard Jan (1906 - 1982)

2 April 1906
Jakarta, Indonesia
19 October 1982
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Rolf ten Seldam was a pathologist who believed pathology to be the most important discipline in medicine. His principal interests were in the geographic distribution of disease and particularly in cancer. Before coming to Australia he held a number of positions in the Netherlands and was Director of the Dutch East Indies Cancer Institute in Bandung, Java. After fine years at the University of Sydney, ten Seldam became foundation Professor of Pathology at the University of Western Australia and Head of the Department of Pathology at Royal; Perth Hospital. With these appointments he helped bridge the divide between experimental and diagnostic pathology. He was active in professional and public health organisations, being Vice-President for Oceania of the International Union Against Cancer, and in 1966 was President of the World Health Organization Committee for Skin Tumours.



Education - MD, University of Leiden
1936 - 1941
Career position - Director, Dutch East Indies Cancer Institute, Bandung, Java
1941 - 1946
Career position - Served with Dutch East Indies Army
1951 - 1956
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Pathology, University of Sydney
Career position - Reader in Pathology, University of Sydney
1956 - 1971
Career position - Head of Department of Pathology, Royal Perth Hospital
1956 - 1971
Career position - Foundation Professor of Pathology, University of Western Australia
Award - Officer of the Orange Nassau Order, Netherlands(OONO)
Career position - President, WHO Committee for Skin Tumours
Life event - Retired

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  • Finlay-Jones, L. R., 'Rolf Edouard Jan ten Seldam O.O.N.O., M.D. (Leiden), F.R.C.P.A., F.R.C.Path., F.R.S.M. born 2 April 1906, died 19 October 1981', Pathology, 15 (1983), 508-9. Details


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