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Biographical entry Hirschfeld, Otto Saddler (1898 - 1957)

24 March 1898
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
29 May 1957
Clayfield, Queensland, Australia
Medical practitioner and university chancellor


Otto Hirschfeld was a medical practitioner and university chancellor. He studied medicine at the University of Melbourne (M.B., B.S., 1923). He was a resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 18 months. He was a physician to out-patients at Brisbane Hospital from 1925 and to in-patients in 1936 as well as a senior part-time physician in 1938. In 1938 he lectured in clinical medicine at the University of Queensland and then in pharmacology and material medica, metabolism diseases, forensic medicine, and medicine and pathology. He was in charge of the diabetic clinic at Brisbane Hospital (1937-1953), a member (1951) and fellow (1956) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, serving on its therapeutic advisory committee. Hirschfeld served on the poisons schedule committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, the State advisory committee on hospital drugs and surgical appliances and also chaired the committee which organised the Brisbane Hospital Pharmacopoeia. Hirschfeld was a senate member of the University of Queensland from 1950, deputy chancellor in 1952 and chancellor from 1953. In 1956, he was awarded an honorary LL.D from the University of Melbourne.



Education - BSc, University of Queensland
Education - MSc, University of Queensland
Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1923 - 1924
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Royal Melbourne Hospital
1925 - 1936
Career position - Honorary Outpatient Physician, Brisbane Hospital
1936 - 1938
Career position - Honorary Physician to Inpatients, Brisbane Hospital
1937 - 1953
Career position - In charge of the diabetic clinic, Brisbane Hospital
1938 - 1957
Career position - Senior Physician (part-time), Brisbane Hospital
1950 - 1952
Career position - Member of the Senate, University of Queensland
1951 - 1956
Career position - Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1952 - 1953
Career position - Deputy Chancellor, University of Queensland
1953 - 1957
Career position - Chancellor, University of Queensland
Award - Honorary LLD, University of Melbourne
1956 - 1957
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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Published resources


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

Book Sections

  • Patrick, Ross, 'Hirschfield, Otto Sadler (1909-1957), Medical Practitioner and University Chancellor' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 14 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1996), pp. 456-457. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Otto Saddler Hirschfeld', Medical Journal of Australia, 1957 (2) (1957), 222-4. Details


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