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Biographical entry Ingram, William Wilson (1888 - 1982)

6 December 1888
Craigellachie, Scotland
25 November 1982
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Antarctic explorer and Physiologist


William Ingram published on clinical aspects of envenomation by Funnel Web spiders and arachnodactyly, but is best known for his work on the treatment of diabetes. After post-graduate study in 1925 in the United Kingdom where he had first-hand experience of the efficacy of newly-discovered insulin, he established one of the first specialist diabetes clinics in Sydney in 1926. With G. V. Rudd he published the pioneering book The diagnosis and treatment of diabetes (1933) which ran to four editions by 1943. For nearly 60 years Ingram held senior positions with the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, where he was set up its pathology services and was integral to the establishment of its clinical school. Between 1929 and 1931 he was Medical Officer for the British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions under Douglas Mawson, participating also in the biological research programs.



Education - Graduated in medicine, University of Aberdeen
1912 - 1913
Career position - Medical officer, Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children
1913 - 1914
Career position - Research Assistant, Lister Institute, London
1914 - 1918
Career position - Served with the Royal Army Medical Corps
Award - Military Cross (MC)
Career position - Lecturer in Anatomy, University of Aberdeen
Life event - Migrated to Australia
Education - MD (Hons) University of Aberdeen
Career position - Lecturer in Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Sydney
1920 - 1927
Career position - In general practice, Killara, New South Wales
1922 - 1965
Career position - Director of Pathology Services, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
1925 -
Career position - Honorary Assistant Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
1927 -
Career position - In private practice, Macquarie St, Sydney
1929 - 1931
Career position - Medical Officer, British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition ( BANZARE)
1931 - 1974
Career position - Director, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Award - Polar Medal
1938 - 1982
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1939 - 1944
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps
1948 - 1974
Career position - Chairman, Hospital Board of Studies, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • William Wilson Ingram - Records, 1907 - 1982, ML MSS 4120; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • William Wilson Ingram - Records, 1929 - 1931, 43BZE; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Pearn, John H., 'Dr William Wilson Ingram (1888-1982) Doctor-Soldier, Physician and Antarctic Expeditioner', Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 41 (2011), 270-7. Details

Newspaper Articles


McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn