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Biographical entry Berry, Richard James Arthur (1867 - 1962)

30 May 1867
Upholland, Lancashire, England
30 September 1962
Bristol, England
Anatomist and Anthropologist


Richard Berry was professor of anatomy at the University of Melbourne 1905-1929. He wrote several books, including "Practical Anatomy" in 1914, which remained the text for Melbourne students for 25 years.


Born Upholland, Lancashire, England, 30 May 1867. Died Bristol, 30 September 1962. Educated at Edinburgh (MB, ChM 1891, MD 1894). FRCS (Edinburgh). MD, (ad. eund.), University of Melbourne 1906. Apprenticed to a firm of shipbrokers in Liverpool for several years; house-surgeon, Royal Infirmary 1891-95; lecturer in anatomy, school of medicine, Royal Colleges 1896-1905; professor of anatomy, University of Melbourne, 1906-29; consulting psychiatrist to the Melbourne and children's hospitals; director of medical services, Stoke Park Colony, Bristol, England 1929-40. Designed a new building for the department of anatomy, opened in 1923 and known as 'Berry's Folly' because of its size.

Published resources


  • Russell, K. F., The Melbourne Medical School 1862-1962 (Melbourne: 1977). Details

Book Sections

  • Russell, K. F., 'Berry, Richard James Arthur (1867-1962), anatomist, neurologist and anthropologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 276-277. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries: Arthur Hamilton Tebbutt, Adolph Bolliger, Richard James Arthur Berry and William Norman Little', Medical Journal of Australia, 1 (12) (1963), 444-448. Details
  • Cawte, Mary, 'Craniometry and Eugenics in Australia: R. J. A. Berry and the Quest for Social Efficiency', Historical Studies, 22 (86) (1986), 35-53. Details


McCarthy, G.J.