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Biographical entry Howell, John McCormack (1932 - 2017)

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
15 March 2017
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Veterinary scientist


John Howell was a veterinary scientist and pathologist of international renown whose research focussed on neuromuscular diseases and in particular the pathology of copper toxicity in animals. His research provided useful models for neuromuscular diseases in humans. He established a number of long-term collaborations with researchers in Australia and overseas. Howell was appointed inaugural Professor of Pathology in the Veterinary School at Murdoch University in 1974, and served the University as Dean of the School and as Pro Vice-Chancellor Research. He also held senior positions in professional and regulatory organisations, including the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute, the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia and the Animal Resources Authority of Western Australia.



? - 2017
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Murdoch University
Education - BVSc (Hons), University of Liverpool
Education - PhD, Guy's Hospital, London
1972 - 1974
Career position - Reader in Veterinary Pathology, University of Liverpool
1974 - ?
Career position - Inaugural Professor of Pathology, Veterinary School, Murdoch University, Western Australia
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1974 - 1980
Career position - Head, Division of Veterinary Biology, Veterinary School, Murdoch University, Western Australia
1983 - ?
Career position - Chairman, Board of the Animal Resources Authority of Western Australia
Career position - President, Western Australian Division, Australian Veterinary Association
1983 - 1989
Career position - Dean, Veterinary School, Murdoch University
1984 - 1995
Career position - Member, South Perth Zoological Gardens Board
1988 - 1995
Career position - Member, Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia
1990 - 1992
Career position - Chairman, Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia
1991 - 1994
Career position - Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Murdoch University
Award - Gilruth Prize, Australian Veterinary Association
1997 - 2017
Career position - Member, Board of Trustees, Veterinary Trust of Murdoch University
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to veterinary science and medicine, particularly through research into copper overload syndrome and inherited muscle disease, and in the education field as a mentor, role model and administrator
Career position - Chairman, Perth Zoological Parks Authority
2000 - 2017
Career position - Member, Gaetano Conte Academy, Naples, Italy
2000 - 2017
Award - Life Member, Australian Veterinary Association

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  • Kakulas, Byron A. and Quinlivan, Ros, 'Obituary: John McCormack Howell (1932 - 2017)', Neuromuscular Disorders, 27 (7) (2017), 702-3. Details
  • Nairn, M., 'John McCormack Howell 1932 - 2017', Australian Veterinary Journal, 95 (7) (2017), 258. Details


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