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Sir MacFarlane Burnett
Sir MacFarlane Burnett

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A portrait bust 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.

Location

Address:161-169 Franklin Street, Traralgon Post Office, Traralgon, 3844
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.195069
Long: 146.537964
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Medicine
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 3rd September, 1999
Front Inscription

SIR MACFARLANE BURNET
O.M., AK., KBE
Born Traralgon 3. 9. 1899
Died 31.8.1985

AWARDED NOBEL PRIZE
FOR MEDICINE 1960

Source: MA, ADB
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