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Biographical entry Morgan, Frederick Grantley (1891 - 1969)

4 July 1891
New Glenelg, South Australia, Australia
24 December 1969
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Medical scientist and Administrator


Frederick Morgan was a medical scientist whose research ranged from investigating leprosy in Nauru and filaria in Queensland to vaccines against communicable diseases and the manufacture of insulin in Australia. His work with Charles Kellaway at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute laid the foundations for effective treatment for snake bite in Australia. He was Director of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories for 29 years from 1927, proving to be a successful administrator. During WWII he oversaw the blood processing programs and manufacture of large quantities of penicillin. By 1956 CSL was producing the Salk poliomyelitis vaccine. One of Morgan's main achievements at CSL was to create a separate research unit and creative environment in which researchers could flourish. In retirement he worked for several years in the BCG section of the Victorian Department of Health.



Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Melbourne Hospital
Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
Career position - Surgical Registrar, Melbourne Hospital
1917 - 1919
Career position - Stewart Lecturer & Scholar in Pathology, University of Melbourne
Career position - Medical Field Officer in charge of Filaria and Intestinal Parasites Survey in Queensland with Rockefeller Foundation
1921 - 1925
Career position - Assistant Bacteriologist, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1925 - 1927
Career position - Assistant Director, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1927 - 1956
Career position - Director, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1938 - 1969
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1945 - 1964
Career position - Trustee, Baker Medical Research Institute
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Life event - Retired
1956 - 1969
Career position - Member, College of Pathologists of Australia
1961 - 1965
Career position - Research scientist, Victorian Department of Health

Published resources


  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Sydney: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1988), 332 pp. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn