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Biographical entry Crock, Gerard William (1929 - 2007)


14 September 1929
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
23 December 2007


Gerard William Crock became the first medical specialty chair in Australia when was appointed Melbourne University's foundation Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology in 1963. This was only the second chair ever to be held in ophthalmology within the Commonwealth. He was 34 years old when he became a professor. In this position he established the university's department of ophthalmology and also had a large part in cultivating the facilities of the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He was chairman of the hospital's senior medical staff from 1982 to 1987.


Crock was a pioneer of new retinal imaging technologies and was also involved in the development of many ingenious microsurgical tools including the Schultz-Crock binocular ophthalmoscope, which was awarded the Prince Philip Design award in 1975.

In 1977 he and Melbourne University Optometry Professor Barry Cole established the Kooyong Low Vision Clinic for the Association for the Blind. It was the first of its kind in Australia.


Education - Bachelor of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Career position - Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne
Award - Prince Philip Design award for the Schultz-Crock ophthalmoscope
1982 - 1987
Career position - Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff, Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Award - Made an Officer of the Order of Australia
Award - Made a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, for 30 years of work at St John's Eye Hospital

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Cole, Barry L., 'Gerard William Crock AO KStJ 1929 - 2007: inaugural Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology in The University of Melbourne', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 91 (2) (2008), 195-7. Details
  • McAllister, Ian L., Keeler, Richard and Burrows, Clive, 'Schultz-Crock binocular ophthalmoscope', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 41 (2013), 603-6. Details
  • Taylor, H. R., 'Obituary: Professor Gerard Crock AO', British Journal of Ophthalmology, 93 (1) (2009), 133-4. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Taylor, Hugh and Stephens, Tony, 'Doctor saved sight of thousands: Gerard Crock, 1929-2007', Sydney Morning Herald (2008). Details


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