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Biographical entry Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred (1903 - 1986)

9 April 1903
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
28 October 1986
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Geoffrey Kaye was an anaesthetist who travelled to the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States in the early 1930s the further his knowledge of the field. He edited the first Australian textbook on the subject, Practical Anaesthesia (1932). Kaye held positions as anaesthetist at the Alfred and Dental Hospitals in Melbourne, and taught at the University of Melbourne. He strove to raise the standards and standing of anaesthesia in Australia, playing a key role in the establishment of the Australian Society of Anaesthetics. His interest in the design and production of anaesthetic equipment led to his developing for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists a museum of such devices. In 1958 this was named the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. From 1987 the Association's annual Presidential Address has been named the Geoffrey Kaye Oration.



Education - MB, University of Melbourne
Education - BS, University of Melbourne
1927 - 1929
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
1929 - 1930
Career position - Medical officer, St Thomas's Hospital, London
Career position - Foundation member, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
Career position - Secretary, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
1938 - 1957
Career position - Lecturer (part-time) in anaesthetics, University of Melbourne
1939 - 1955
Career position - Curator, Australian Society of Anaesthetics Museum
Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
Award - Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom
1952 - 1978
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
Award - Life Membership, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
Award - Orton Medal, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
1978 - 1986
Award - Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons

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  • Wilson, Gwen, 'Obituary; Geoffrey Kaye, M.D. (Melb.), M.B.B.S., F.F.A.R.A.C.S. (Hon.), F.F.A.R.C.S., D.A.(R.C.P.&S.) 1903 - 1986', Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 15 (1) (1987), 107-9. Details


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  • Barry, B. J., 'Geoffrey Kaye Oration: anaesthesia - ideals and reality', Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 17 (2) (1989), 213-9. Details

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