Cahn, Audrey (1905-2008)

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Cahn, Audrey
Cahn, Audrey Josephine (1905-2008)
Osborne, Audrey (1905-2008)
Osborne, Audrey Josephine (1905-2008)
Field of activity
Microbiologist; Dietician; Servicewoman; Lecturer; Nutritionist; Dietitian; Academics - Biochemistry
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Audrey Cahn was the first woman to complete the newly established agriculture degree at the Universty of Melbourne in 1928. Born to parents who were influential scientists themselves, she developed a life long interest in the field of nutritional science and went on to pioneer the academic field of dietetics. Regarded in the 1950s and 60s as a 'soft science' by the then university's head of biochemistry, Victor Trikojus, Cahn fought a long battle for respect, one in which she was eventually supported by major funding bodies such as Nicholas Pty Ltd (Aspro). Her research output in the field of nutritional biochemistry is well respected. Some of her studies undertaken during her time at the University of Melbourne (1947-68) included examining the physical properties and energy value of common dietary foods, so that she could compile calorie tables. She was an early proponent of the need to reduce fat intake and to substitute polyunsaturated fatty acids for saturated fats. With colleagues in the anatomy department, she participated in a 17-year longitudinal study of "Child Growth in Melbourne (1954-71)". The study was compared with similar studies in the United States and Britain and found that Australian children were overweight and inactive compared with their peers elsewhere. Cahn enjoyed a very long life, thanks, she said, to a combination of good luck and good genes.

The daughter of Professor W A and Ethel Osborne (nee Goodson) Audrey Cahn was born in 1905. Her father came to to Melbourne University in 1903 to take up the Chair of Physiology, Biochemistry and Histology. Her mother, who received a BSc and MSc from Leeds University, worked for the Victorian State Government examining the conditions of women in various trades. Her work led her to develop an interest in the sociological aspects of medicine and she undertook further study towards a medical degree at the University of Melbourne. She was instrumental in setting up the first Dietetics School in Victoria, at St Vincent's Hospital.

Audrey completed her secondary education at Merton Hall Grammar School for Girls (now know as the Church of England Girls' Grammar School) and matriculated in 1922. She then enrolled in an Agriculture Degree at Melbourne University from which she graduated in 1928. The next year she took a position as a Microbiologist and Food Analyst with Kraft. In 1930 Audrey married Leslie Cahn, an architect, and they bore twin daughters. The marriage did not survive.

Audrey completed a Hospital Certificate of Dietetics at the newly opened Dietetics Unit at St. Vincent's Hospital. Before leaving she rose to the post of Chief Dietician at the hospital. She then took a position at Kraft/Walker and Cheese Factory in Drouin as a microbiologist. Employment as the first Chief Dietician for the Victorian Mental Hygiene Department followed, before spending a year at the Royal Perth Hospital.

During World War II, Audrey Cahn enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women's Service on 11 February 1943. As part of the Australian Army Medical Corps she became Chief Dietician at the Heidelberg Military Hospital. Before her discharge on 13 September 1946 Audrey had obtained the rank of Major.

After the war, Audrey obtained a position as Lecturer (1947) and then Senior Lecturer (1959) in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics. Audrey Cahn retired in 1968 after spending 21 years at the university.

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Audrey Cahn was born in the "Cloisters", later known as the Law Quadrangle, at the University of Melbourne. Her father, William Osborne, was Chair of Physiology, Biochemistry and Histology at the university. In 1929 she completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgSc) at the University of Melbourne, returning in 1937 to undertake a Diploma in Dietetics. Cahn returned to the university yet again, in 1947, when she commenced a 21 year career lecturing in dietetics.

  • Career position - Worked as a Microbiologist and food analyst with Kraft
  • Education - Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Education - Trained at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and gained Hospital Certificate of Dietetics
  • Various positions including Chief Dietician at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, the Victorian Mental Hygiene Department and at the Royal Perth Hospital
  • Education - Diploma in Dietetics completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Joined the Army and was Chief Dietician at the Heidelberg Military Hospital
  • Career position - Lecturer in Dietetics at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics at the University of Melbourne
  • Life event - Retired

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Audrey Josephine Cahn, the first woman to complete the newly established agriculture degree at Melbourne University in 1928 and who went on to pioneer the academic field of dietetics, has died at a...

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Mrs. Cahn was born in 1905, daughter of Professor W.A. and Ethel Osborne, in a professorial house in the West Wing of the Quadrangle. After a year at Warrandyte, in 1913 she moved with her family to No.3, Professors' Row at the University of Melbourne Campus. She was Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry from 1 May 1947 until 31 December 1968.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Cahn, Audrey Josephine
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Starched white dress and the hissing of gaslights: early cloisters life
    Tester, Julie
    [1998]
  3. CAHN, AUDREY JOSEPHINE
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf World War 2 Nominal RollDepartment of Veterans' Affairs
  4. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  5. Cahn, Audrey
    [1 booklet ]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    University Children, by Audrey Cahn. Privately printed, 1987?. 54 pp. Contains photographs. University Children is an account of the lives of the children of Professors and other officers of the University who lived in the University grounds, including Mrs Cahn's student days of the 1920s. The narrative covers the years 1899 - 1956.
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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Cahn, Audrey Josephine
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. A scientist ahead of her times
    Tilley, Leann and Stone, Bruce
    Published: 2008
    Series: The Age
  3. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  4. Audrey Cahn: a nonagenarian scientist remembers the early days
    Tilley, Leann
    Published: 1998
    Series: WISENET Journal, 49, November
  5. University Children
    Cahn, Audrey
    Published: privately published, Warrandyte, Victoria, 1987

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  1. University children / by Audrey Cahn
    Cahn, Audrey
    [ Book : 1987-1988 ]
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  2. A Manual of special diets / compiled by Audrey Cahn
    Cahn, Audrey
    [ Book : 1937-1943 ]
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  3. CAHN, AUDREY
    Cahn, Audrey
    [ Unpublished : 1986 ]
    At Uni Melbourne Arch
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    ... 15, at Kew, Vic., wife of J. Lewis Carnegie—son. CAHN.—April 10, at Mansfield, Vic., wife of Charles ... Cahn—son. CLARKE.—April 3, at Adelaide, wife of A. Rutter Clarke—daughter. CRANSTONE.—April 8, at ... 1175 words
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    ... -street, Guildford, to Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Hall —a daughter (Audrey   Florence). Both well. McDONALD. — On March ... -Corporal Charles James McCahn, No. 492, late of C. Company, A.I.F., are respectfully in-formed that his remains ... 2507 words
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