Series 84 - Papers of Howard Florey

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Papers of Howard Florey


  • 1924 - 1968 (Creation)

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(1898 - 1968)

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Howard Walter Florey was born on 24 September 1898 in Malvern, South Australia. Florey was educated at the Universities of Adelaide (MB, BS 1921), Oxford (MA, BSc 1924) and Cambridge (PhD 1927). He was Lecturer, Special Pathology, Cambridge University 1927-1931; Professor, Pathology, University of Sheffield 1931-1935; Professor, Pathology, Oxford University 1935-1965. From 1947-1951, Florey was a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, Australian National University and adviser to the John Curtin School of Medical Research. He was appointed to Chancellor at the ANU from 1 August 1965 to 21 February 1968. In 1945, he won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine (shared with Ernst Chain and Alexander Fleming). His fellowships and other awards include Fellow of the Royal Society (1941), first Australian President of the Royal Society (1960 – 1965), Life Peer (1965). Florey died on 21 February 1968 in Oxford, England.

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These records were created by Florey during his association with the Australian National University as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, adviser to the John Curtin School of Medical Research and Chancellor. They contain Florey’s copies of official records such as minutes of meetings and correspondence with other senior University staff from the 1940s to 1960s about the establishment of the University, new buildings and staff appointments.


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