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Biographical entry Cooper, Arthur George Stening (1899 - 1986)

14 March 1899
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
14 March 1986
Brookfield, Queensland, Australia


Arthur Cooper was a pioneer of radiation oncology in Australia. After several years in general practice he gained a Diploma in Medical Radiology in 1938. As radiological supervisor at the Brisbane General Hospital during WWII much of his time was devoted to providing radiotherapeutic services to Allied forces. Cooper drew up dosage schedules for treatment by interstitial radium, and was the first in Australia to use radioactive phosphorus in the treatment of lymphosarcoma and leukaemia. He became particularly interested in skin cancer at a time when there were few dermatologists and no plastic surgeons. For over 20 years Cooper led the Queensland Radium Institute, establishing treatment centres in major regional centres. In 1961 he helped to found the Queensland Cancer Fund and served it in a number of capacities until 1985.



Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1923 - 1924
Career position - House surgeon and physician, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, United Kingdom
1925 - 1937
Career position - In general practice, Denman, New South Wales
Education - Diploma in medical radiology, University of London
1938 - 1940
Career position - Radiologist, New Plymouth Hospital, New Zealand
1940 - 1944
Career position - Radiological supervisor, (Royal) Brisbane Hospital
1944 - 1946
Career position - Radiotherapist-in-charge, Queensland Radium Institute
1946 - 1965
Career position - Director, Queensland Radium Institute
1951 - 1966
Career position - Member, Radio Therapy Advisory Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council
1962 - 1966
Career position - Member, Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Queensland Cancer Fund
1962 - 1967
Career position - Member, Anti-Cancer Council, Queensland Cancer Fund
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1964 - 1965
Career position - Vice-President, College of Radiologists of Australasia
1965 - 1966
Career position - President, College of Radiologists of Australasia
1965 - 1985
Career position - Trustee, Queensland Cancer Fund
Award - Life Member, College of Radiologists of Australasia

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  • Harrison, Eileen H. and Schubert, Frederick, 'Obituary: Dr Arthur George Stening Cooper C.B.E., M.B., Ch.M., D.M.R. (Univ. of London), F.R.C.R., F.R.A.C.R.', Australasian Radiology, 30 (4) (1986), 294-7. Details
  • Leggett, Clarence A. C., 'Arthur George Stening Cooper', Medical Journal of Australia, 145 (1986), 545. Details


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