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Biographical entry Thomson, Edgar Frederick (1903 - 1977)

CMG

Born
4 April 1903
Invercargill, New Zealand
Died
4 September 1977
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Pathologist

Summary

Edgar Thomson was a pathologist and medical administrator who enjoyed a high reputation in his profession. He served with distinction with the Australian Army Medical Corps during WWII being involved with the evacuation from Crete, the management of bacteriological laboratories, and the manufacture of penicillin in Australia. Much of his career was at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, where for nearly ten years he was Chief Executive Officer. He contributed to national medical organisations including over 20 years as Chairman of the National Transfusion Committee, Australian Red Cross Society, and as Chairman of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee. Thomson was active in professional organisations, holding executive offices in the New South Wales Branch of the British Medical Association, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and being foundation President of the College of Pathologists of Australia.

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Events

1926
Education - MB ChB, University of Otago
1927 - 1929
Career position - laboratory assistant, Otago Medical School
1929 - 1933
Career position - Assistant Pathologist, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand
1933 - 1937
Career position - Bacteriologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1937 - 1939
Career position - Assistant Pathologist, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand
1940 - 1946
Career position - Served with Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
1940 - 1947
Career position - Bacteriologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1947 - 1958
Career position - Director, Fairfax Institute of Pathology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1947 - 1968
Career position - Chairman, National Transfusion Committee, Australian Red Cross Society
1948 - 1965
Career position - Member of Council, New South Wales Branch, British Medical Association
1952 - 1957
Career position - Commander, 1st General Hospital, Citizen Military Forces
1956 - 1957
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, British Medical Association
1956 - 1957
Career position - Foundation President, College of Pathologists of Australia
1957 - 1962
Career position - Deputy Director of Medical Services, Eastern Command, Citizen Military Forces
1958 - 1967
Career position - General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1959 - 1962
Career position - Honorary Surgeon to Queen Elizabeth II
1962 - 1964
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1963
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1963 - 1966
Career position - Chairman, Australian Drug Evaluation Committee
1965 - 1977
Career position - Fellow, Australian Medical Association
1977
Award - Gold Medal, Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Refshauge, W.D.; Mcallester, James C., 'Thomson, Edgar Frederick (1903-1977), Pathologist and Army Officer', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 387-388. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160468b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • McGovern, V. J., Refshauge, William, Alexander, Munro S., Jones, Keith and Walsh, R. J., 'Edgar Frederick Thomson', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1978, no. 1, 1978, pp. 440-2. Details
  • Rieger, Clarence, 'E F. Thomson CMG, MB, CHB, FRACP, FRIPH, MRCPA', British Medical Journal, vol. 1977, no. 26 November, 1977, pp. 1422-3. Details

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