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Biographical entry Robertson, Edward Graeme (1903 - 1975)

20 October 1903
Footscray, Victoria, Australia
25 December 1975
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Conservationist and Neurologist


Edward Robertson was a world-renowned neurologist as well as an expert photographer of Australia's heritage buildings. His interest in pneumoencephalography led him to develop a technique for visualisation of the posterior fossa structures and resulted in his well-known monograph Pneumoencephalography (1957, second ed. 1967). This work led to the first surgical separation of craniophagus twins. Other research interests included epilepsy, the grasp reflex, oligodendrogliomas, poliomyelitis, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, and aneurysms. Robertson took a leading role in international neurology, including serving a term as Vice-President of the World Federation of Neurology. In pursuing his hobby of photography, Robertson published as number of books on iron lacework and other aspects of Australia's early architecture, of which Sydney lace (1962) became a classic.



Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1928 - 1929
Career position - Medical officer, Melbourne Hospital
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
Career position - House physician, Bethlem Royal Hospital, London
Education - Member, Royal College of Physicians, London
1931 - 1934
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London
1934 - 1944
Career position - Honorary Physician to Outpatients, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1944 -
Career position - Consulting Neurologist, Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
1944 - 1963?
Career position - Honorary Neurologist, Royal Children's Hospital
1944 - 1963?
Career position - Honorary Neurologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Career position - Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Association of Neurologists
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Radiologists of Australia
1962 - 1964
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1962 - 1966
Career position - President, Australian Association of Neurologists
1963 - 1973
Career position - Editor, Proceedings of the Australian Association of Neurologists
Career position - President, 2nd Asian and Oceanic Congress of Neurology, Melbourne

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Published resources


  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Clark, Mary Ryllis, 'Robertson, Edward Graeme (1903-1975), Neurologist and Conservationist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 108-109. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Game, John, 'Edward Graeme Robertson', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1976, no. 2, 1976, pp. 147-8. Details

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