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Biographical entry Pittard, Alfred James (1932 - )


24 September 1932
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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Jim Pittard has been Professor of Microbiology, University of Melbourne, since 1970. His main area of research has been the control of gene expression in bacteria, with particular emphasis on the genetic systems controlling biosynthesis and the transport of aromatic amino acids and some of the systems controlling replication of plasmids in Escherichia coli.


Born Ballarat, Victoria, 24 September 1932. Educated Victorian College of Pharmacy (Diploma of Pharmacy 1954), University of Melbourne (BSc 1958, MSc 1960, DSc 1969) and Yale University (PhD 1963). U.S. Public Health Service Post Doctoral Fellowship 1963; Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, University of Melbourne 1964-66, Senior Lecturer 1966-70, Professor of Microbiology 1970-ca 1997; Professor Emeritus since ca 1997. Fulbright Scholarship 1960; David Syme Research Prize 1969; EMBO Fellowship 1970; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1974; Halford Orator, Australian Society for Microbiology 1981; Rubbo Orator, Australian Society for Microbiology 1989; Lemberg Medal, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1991; Honorary Life Member, Australian Society for Microbiology 1998.

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  • Pittard, A. J., 'Nancy Fanny Millis 1922-2012', Historical Records of Australian Science, 24 (2013), 283-93. Details
  • Van Leeuwen, Michael, 'Simon Rood Pittard (1821-1861), Curator of the Australian Museum', Archives of Natural History, 25 (1) (1998), 9-24. Details


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