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Biographical entry Davis, Michael (1935 - 1998)


12 April 1935
St Albans, United Kingdom
8 April 1998
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Organic chemist


Michael Davis was a foundation member of La Trobe University's Department of Organic Chemistry. He was involved in the first ever synthetic production of penicillin.


After passing an entrance exam to Cambridge, Michael Davis was awarded a scholarship to study natural sciences at Trinity College. During his undergraduate training he carried out his two years national service with the Royal Air Force where he served as a nursing attendant in Singapore. Upon completing his degree Davis went on to obtain a doctoral degree in chemistry (1962) and the Fullbright Award to study at Stanford University, California. There he was part of the team that developed synthetic penicillin. He remained at Stanford for two years, then moved to ICI Britain before taking up a lectureship at the newly established La Trobe University. In 1970 he was promoted to senior lecturer then to reader seven years later. Michael Davis has published more than 70 papers and was a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI).

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