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Biographical entry Heydon, George Aloysius Makinson (1881 - 1963)

18 June 1881
Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia
27 April 1963
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


George Heydon was a parasitologist whose research advanced considerably knowledge of human protozoan and helminth parasites. His work was concerned mainly with filariasis, hookworms, tuberculosis and particularly malaria. While posted to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, to set up a health laboratory for the Commonwealth Department of Health, Heydon established for the first time which species of Anopheles was the main vector for malaria in the region. He continued this work at the Institute of Tropical Medicine as well as identifying the mosquito vectors of filaria in north Queensland. During WWII he contributed significantly to the management of tropical diseases for the armed forces.



Education - BA, University of Cambridge
Education - MB ChM, University of Sydney
Award - Military Cross
Education - Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Cambridge
Education - Diploma of Public Health, University of Cambridge
1921 - 1925
Career position - Pathologist, Commonwealth Department of Health, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
1925 - 1930
Career position - Parasitologist, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville, Queensland
1930 - 1946
Career position - Parasitologist and Lecturer in medical parasitology, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney
1938 - 1963
Career position - Founding Fellow, Royal Australian College of Physicians
Life event - Retired

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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

Journal Articles

  • Backhouse, T. C. and Ford, Edward, 'Obituary: G.A.M. Heydon', Medical Journal of Australia, 1963 (2(11)) (1963), 465-467. Details
  • Howie-Willis, Ian, 'Australian malariology during World War II (part 3 of "Pioneers of Australian military malariology"', Journal of Military and Veteran's History, 25 (2) (2017), 46-68. Details


See also

  • Spencer, Margaret, Malaria: the Australian Experience, 1843-1991 (Townsville: Australian College of Tropical Medicine, 1994), 213 pp. Details

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