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Biographical entry Deane-Butcher, William (1913 - 2006)

24 December 1913
16 March 2006
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Ophthalmic surgeon


William Deane-Butcher was a leading ophthalmologic surgeon in Sydney who pioneered corneal grafting from the late 1940s. He founded the corneal clinic at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Among the new technologies he adopted was the use of the operating microscope. He recognised the need for properly-fitting contact lenses, becoming a skilled lens fitter and grinding hard lenses himself when necessary. Deane-Butcher was influential in the modification of New South Wales laws governing anatomy and post mortems to include provision for tissue transplantation.



Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
Education - Diploma of Ophthalmology, Sydney Eye Clinic
1955 - 1957
Career position - President, Ophthalmological Society of New South Wales
1962 - 1967
Career position - Chairman, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia
1971 - 1975
Career position - Chairman, Honorary Ophthalmic Staff, Sydney Eye Hospital
1973 - 1977
Career position - Chairman, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia

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Journal Articles

  • Coster, Douglas J., 'History of corneal transplantation in Australia', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43 (2015), 268-76. Details


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