Priestley, Henry (1884-1961)

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Biochemist; Physiologist
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Henry Priestley (1884-1961), biochemist, was born on 19 June 1884 at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, son of Herbert Priestley, accountant, and his wife Ada, née Wigglesworth. The family migrated to Sydney...

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Henry Priestley was the foundation Professor of Biochemistry, University of Sydney 1938-48. Earlier he had been bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville 1913-18 and then had various appointments at the University of Sydney. His main research interests were in physiological chemistry and nutrition.

In 1886 (circa) Henry Priestley migrated to Sydney, Australia with his parents. After completing his undergraduate education Priestley enrolled at the University of Sydney. First he studied arts (1902), then engineering (1903), science (1904) and finally medicine (1906). He graduated with first class honours in medicine and won the University medal. Priestley was awarded the Beit memorial Fellowship in 1910 and chose to study nutrition at London's Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. He returned to Australia in 1913 to work as a bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Queensland. His research covered haematological aspects of hookworm infestation, and studies on many disease including trachoma and typhoid fever.

In 1918 Henry Priestley returned to New South Wales to work at the University of Sydney. His tenures included lecturer and chief physiology demonstrator, associate professor of biochemistry (1921), acting professor of physiology (1928), Head of the newly formed Department of Biochemistry (1939), Dean of the Faculty of Science (1946) and Fellow of the University Senate (1948). His work at the University saw the establishment of a BSc degree in Medicine, and a research training program for medical students. Other outside appointments held by Priestley include foundation fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, member of the Linnean Society, and advisor to many committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

  • Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Education - Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Resident at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Clinician (funded by the Beit Memorial Fellowship) at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London
  • Life event - Married Katie Geraldine Gray Maitland in Worcestershire, UK
  • Career position - Bacteriologist at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in Townsville, Queensland
  • Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Lecturer and Chief Demonstrator in Physiology at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Acting Professor of Physiology at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Career position - Foundation McCaugherty Professor at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Head of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Career position - Member of the Nutrition Committee of the NHMRC
  • Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney

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  1. Priestley, Henry
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Priestley, Henry (1884-1961), Biochemist
    Young, J.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 11, 294-295
  3. Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940
    Gregory, Helen
    Published: University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, 1987

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  1. Diet and national health / by Henry Priestley
    Priestley, Henry, 1884-1961
    [ Book : 1941 ]
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  2. Note on "Boomerang leg" : a bone disease occurring amongst Australian Aboriginals / by A. Breinl and H. Priestley
    Breinl, A. (Anton), 1880-1944
    [ Book : 1915 ]
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  3. Microsporon scorteum (n. sp.) from a case of ringworm in man / Henry Priestley ; issued by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    Priestley, Henry, 1884-1961
    [ Book : 1914 ]
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  4. Changes in the neutrophile blood picture of Arneth observed in children living in tropical Queensland / A. Breinl and H. Priestley ; issued by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    Breinl, A. (Anton), 1880-1944
    [ Book : 1914 ]
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  5. Observations on the blood conditions of children of European descent residing in tropical Australia / A. Breinl and H. Priestley ; issued by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    Breinl, A. (Anton), 1880-1944
    [ Book : 1914 ]
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