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Biographical entry Alder, Valerie (Val) (1942 - )

24 May 1942
Droxford, United Kingdom
Ophthalmologist and Educator


Val Alder worked as a research scientist in the UK, having gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in physics from Imperial College London. She later worked as a high school physics and maths teacher. She undertook a PhD in Auditory Biophysics at the University of Western Australia. Moving to the field of medical research, Alder investigated vascular diseases of the eye. She has published extensively in this area. Alder was a committee member (and often Chair) of over five National Health and Medical Research Council committees and member or convener of tens of other university, research and support committees.



c. 1960
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at Imperial College in London
Life event - Married Michael David Alder
Life event - Settled in Australia
c. 1971
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Western Australia
Life event - Married Jeffrey Raymond Johnstone
1990 - 1999
Career position - Member and Chair of many National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) committees
Award - IDA Mann Award for outstanding contribution to Australian Medical Science and Ophthalmology received
1996 - 1999
Career position - Deputy Director of the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia (WA)
1997 - 1998
Career position - NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia
1998 - 1999
Career position - Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia
1999 -
Career position - Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research at Murdoch University, WA

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


See also

  • Herd, Margaret ed., Who's Who in Australia 2002 (Melbourne: Crown Content, 2001), 2020 pp. Details

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