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Burnet, Frank MacFarlane, Sir (Frank)

Born: 1899 AD
Died: 1985 AD, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Physicians


1899 - Burnet was born in Traralgon, Victoria on the 3rd of September.

1909 - He was the second of seven children and from childhood was known as "Mac". The Burnets moved to Terang.

1910 - Burnet was interested in the wildlife around the nearby lake; he joined the Scouts and enjoyed all outdoor activates.

1917 - Burnet attended the University of Melbourne, where he lived in Ormond College on a residential scholarship and studied medicine.

1924 - He was appointed resident pathologist at the Melbourne Hospital; the laboratories were a part of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

1929 - Burnet and his graduate assistant Margot McKie wrote a paper suggesting that bacteriophage could exist as a stable non-infectious form that multiplies with the bacterial host.

1932-1933 - Burnet took leave of absence to undertake a fellowship at the National Institute for Medical Research in London.

1940 - His first book, Biological Aspects of Infectious Disease.

1942-1944 - He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and he travelled to Harvard University to deliver the Dunham Lectures.

1951-1956 - Burnet worked on the genetics of influenza.

1966-1969 - Burnet served as first chair the Commonwealth Foundation, a Commonwealth initiative to foster intraction [interaction] between the member countries [countries']elite, and he was also active in the World Health Organization,

1985 - He died on the 31st of August.


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