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Biographical entry Tebbutt, Arthur Hamilton (Tebb) (1884 - 1962)

Born
30 September 1884
Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia
Died
4 September 1962
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Pathologist

Summary

Arthur Tebbutt was a dominant figure in the early years of Australian pathology. His interests were in morbid anatomy, haematology, bacteriology and serology. He made original contributions in these separate areas and was an acknowledged authority before they became recognised as individual specialties. Tebbutt pioneered blood grouping in Australia, including making survey of blood groups of Australian Aborigines. It was Tebbutt's discovery that the fatalities in the Bundaberg diphtheria inoculation experiment of 1928 were caused by staphylococcal contamination and not the vaccine. As Director of Pathology at the Prince Alfred and St Vincent's Hospitals in Sydney he was responsible for innovations and increased efficiency in hospital pathology practice. Tebbutt was a member of the New South Wales and Nation Blood Transfusion Services, providing essential 'back-room' services during WWII. He was active in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, being a founding Fellow and serving in several executive roles.

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Events

1905
Award - Volunteer Decoration (VD)
1905
Education - BA University of Sydney
1908
Education - MB, University of Sydney
1909
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1910
Career position - Resident Pathologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1912
Education - Diploma of Public Health (DPH), University of Oxford
1912 - 1914
Career position - Resident Pathologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1914 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps
1918
Award - Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
1918 - 1954
Career position - Private practice as consultant pathologist
1920 - 1925
Career position - Senior Pathologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1925 - 1943
Career position - Director of Pathology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1930 - 1938
Career position - Founding Member, Association of Physicians of Australasia
1938 - 1949
Career position - Councillor, Royal Australian College of Pathologists
1938 - 1962
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1940 - 1944
Career position - Acting Honorary Secretary, Royal Australian College of Physicians
c. 1943 -
Career position - Director of Pathology, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
1944 - 1949
Career position - Treasurer, Royal Australian College of Physicians
1954
Life event - Retired from private practice

Published resources

Books

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

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries: Arthur Hamilton Tebbutt, Adolph Bolliger, Richard James Arthur Berry and William Norman Little', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1, no. 12, 1963, pp. 444-448. Details
  • Hansman, F. S., 'Obituary: Arthur Hamilton Tebbutt', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1963, no. 1, 1963, pp. 444-5. Details

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