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Sir MacFarlane Burnett
Sir MacFarlane Burnett

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Commemorates the centenary of the birth of Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet in Traralgon. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1923 and joined the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).

His early research focussed on bacteriology but his major contributions were in virology. In 1944 he was appointed Director of WEHI and during his 21-year tenure the institute became a world leader in the study of the influenza virus and immunology. In 1960, he shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine with Peter Medawar of Britain for the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance, which paved the way for successful human organ transplants.


Address:Franklin Street, Traralgon, 3844
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.20
Long: 146.541944
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 3rd September, 1999
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Sir Macfarlane Burnett O.M., AK., KBE Born Traralgon 3. 9. 1899 Died 31.8.1985

Awarded Noble Prize for Medicine 1960

Source: MA
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