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Biographical entry Thomas, John (Jack) (1928 - 2017)


26 October 1928
United Kingdom
4 December 2017
Medicinal chemist


Jack Thomas trained as a pharmacist at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He migrated to Australia in 1963 to join the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, retiring in 1978 as Head of the Department. In his teaching he highlighted the relevance of medicinal chemistry in a clinical setting. His research was in the fields of pharmaceutical chemistry, analytical chemistry, clinical toxicology and clinical pharmakinetics, and included a landmark series of clinical pharmacology studies on local anaesthetics conducted with Colin Climie at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. Thomas was well-regarded for his contributions to continuing education for pharmacists and for his leadership roles in professional organisations. He was course director for the Off Shore Conferences run by the Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales from 1977 to 1994, and was consulting editor of Australian journal of pharmacy and Australian Pharmaceutical Prescriptions Guide.



Life event - Migrated to Australia
1963 - 1978
Career position - Senior Lecturer (later Associate Professor), Department of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
1973 - 1976
Career position - Acting Head, Department of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
1976 - 1978
Career position - Head, Department of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
Life event - Retired
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the pharmacy profession, particularly through the continuing education of practising pharmacists

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  • 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

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