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Biographical entry Climie, Colin Richmond (Dick) (1923 - 2013)

16 December 1923
Carterton, New Zealand
27 July 2013
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Dick Climie was an anaesthetist who pioneered the use of epidural anaesthesia in obstetrics at the National Women's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, and at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, where he was Director of Anaesthesia for 21 years from 1983. Here he established the first 24-hour epidural service in an obstetric hospital in New South Wales. His research included a landmark series of clinical pharmacology studies on local anaesthetics conducted with Jack Thomas of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney.



Education - MB BS, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
1949 - 1950
Career position - Resident and Anaesthetics Registrar, Wellington Hospital, New Zealand
1951 - 1955
Career event - In general practice, Wellington, New Zealand
1956 - 1958
Career position - Registrar, Hammersmith Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Education - Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1958 - 1963
Career position - Anaesthetist, National Women's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
Award - Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthesia, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1963 - 1984
Career position - Director of Anaesthesia, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney
1984 - 1990
Career position - Anaesthetist (part-time), National Women's Hospital and North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
Life event - Retired
Life event - Moved to Tasmania

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Mather, L. E., 'On Dr Dick Climie and Dr Jack Thomas, and the genesis of chemical-clinical pharmacology in Australian anaesthesia research', Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 46 (Supplement) (2018), 3-13. Details

Helen Cohn