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Biographical entry North, Edgar Alexander (1896 - 1970)

12 February 1896
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
4 March 1970
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Medical scientist


Edgar North was a medical scientist whose early career was as a medical officer in several Melbourne hospitals and as officer in charge of laboratories for the Commonwealth Department of Health in Queensland and Victoria. In 1938 he joined the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, ultimately becoming Deputy Director and Chief of the Research Division. North played a significant role in the large-scale manufacture of tetanus and smallpox vaccines during World War II. In his research he made major advances in developing vaccines for whooping cough and tuberculosis. North was a pioneer in the introduction of the triple antigen vaccine. He was a founding Member of the College of Pathologists of Australia.



1916 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1923 - 1924
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1925 - 1928
Career position - Clinical assistant and physician to outpatients, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1925 - 1928
Career position - Medical Officer, Repatriation Mental Hospital, Bundoora, Victoria
1925 - 1938
Career position - Medical officer, Commonwealth Health Service, Bendigo, Victoria
Career event - Joined the Commonwealth Health Service
1929 - 1935
Career position - Medical officer in charge, Commonwealth Health Laboratories, Rockhampton, Queensland
1938 - 1950
Career position - Medical Scientist, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
Education - Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1950 - 1961
Career position - Deputy Director and Chief of Research Division, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1956 -
Career position - Member, College of Pathologists of Australia
1956 - 1961
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Life event - Retired

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