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Biographical entry Hunter, John Irvine (1898 - 1924)

24 January 1898
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
10 December 1924
London, England


John Hunter was an acclaimed anatomist and Challis Chair of anatomy at the University of Sydney from 1923. He was a brilliant student and was appointed Associate Professor in anatomy, almost immediately after graduating. Hunter went on to produce numerous high quality research articles many on the concept of dual innervation of muscle fibers. He died of typhoid while on a lectureship in England.



1916 - 1917
Career position - Prosector in Anatomy (at the University of Sydney?)
1917 - 1920
Career position - Medical Tutor at Wesley College
1918 - 1920
Career position - Demonstrator in Anatomy at the University of Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
c. 1920 - c. 1923
Career position - Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of Sydney
1921 - c. 1923
Career position - Overseas study in Britain, USA and Canada
1 March 1923 -
Career position - Challis Chair of Anatomy of the University of Sydney
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Sydney
October 1924
Career position - Co-presenter of the John B. Murphy oration to the American College of Surgeons

Published resources


  • Blunt, M. J., John Irvine Hunter of the Sydney Medical School, 1898-1924 (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1985), 135 pp. Details

Book Sections


McCarthy, G.J.