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Biographical entry Saint, Eric Galton (1918 - 1989)

28 November 1918
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
21 February 1989
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Medical educator


Eric Saint was a medical scientist who played a leading role in the foundation of two medical schools at Australian Universities: he was foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. Early research interests focused on gastroenterology, liver disease and chronic alcoholism. During his time with the Flying Doctor Service Saint was the first to warn of the looming crisis of asbestosis from blue-asbestos dust at mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.



Education - BSc, University of Durham, United Kingdom
Education - MB BS, University of Durham, United Kingdom
1942 - 1946
Career position - Flight Lieutenant, R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve
1946 - 1948
Career position - Research Assistant, Department of Industrial Health, University of Durham
1948 - 1951
Career position - Medical Officer, Flying Doctor Service, Port Hedland, Western Australia
Education - MD, University of Durham, United Kingdom
1951 - 1952
Career position - Associate, Australian Clinical Research Unit, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1952 - 1956
Career position - Director, Clinical Research Unit, Royal Perth Hospital
1956 - 1968
Career position - Foundation Professor of Medicine, University of Western Australia
1956 - 1989
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1968 - 1978
Career position - Inaugural Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland
Career position - Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London
1977 - 1978
Career position - Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Queensland
1979 -
Career position - Consultant Physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
Career position - Consultant Physician, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Authority

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Book Sections

  • Layman, Lenore, 'Saint, Eric Galton (1918-1989), Professor of Medicine', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 384-5. Details

Conference Papers

  • Lefroy, Richard B., 'E. G. Saint - Professor of Medicine University of Western Australia', in Peter Winterton and Des Gurry (eds), Australian Society of the History of Medicine, The Impact of the Past on the Present: Second National Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Perth, 1991, pp. 121-126. Details

Journal Articles

  • Joske, R. A., 'Eric Galton Saint', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 151, 1989, pp. 481-2. Details

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