Dr Jean Youatt was a CHEMISTRY LECTURER while doing microbiological research at Monash University from 1962-1990. Jean still works at the University in her retirement.
Jean established her international reputation working with a fungi called ALLOMYCES. She said: "Fungi were new for me. I had always worked with bacteria, where all you see is a little dot or dash, but these things grew like little trees: they had roots and branches and produced different kinds of fruiting structures. Looking down the microscope, you could actually watch what was happening; you could then take samples away and analyse them to see chemically what was happening. I decided this was the nicest combination of things I could possibly get."
She was born in China on 13 March 1925 and educated at Melbourne University after being "enclosed in a compound" by the Japanese for 4 years during the war.
Her Phd work at Leeds on an autotroph organism is still being cited as the organism is being used to deal with industrial waste. She worked for a number of years in Melbourne on a drug that was used to treat tuberculosis.
(Source: Royal Australian Chemical Institute - Chemist Profiles www.raci.org.au/New_Site_ 2001/chemporf.shtml)
[NB: the above biography was researched and written by Philida Sturgiss-Hoy]
Jean Youatt lectured in the Department of Chemistry at Monash University from 1962 until her retirement in 1990, when she moved to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Early in her career she studied the action of isoniazid. Later she did differentiation work on , a saprophytic fungus.
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at Leeds University, UK
Career position - Worked in Malaya
Career position - Laboratory Assistant in the Public Health Laboratory at the University of Melbourne
Career position - Research Assistant/Research Officer in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Melbourne
Career position - Lecturer in Biochemistry in the Chemistry Department at Monash University
Career position - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Monash University
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Wednesday 22 January 1936 p 30 Article
... . I Jean L.; Davis, Ellen M.; Davy, Beatrice l N.; Degen, Margaret .J.; de Jongh, Ceclle \ M.; Dennis ... it goes to Oscar Arno Kindervater. The Telegraph Newspaper Co. prize was won by Jean Ross Inncs ...
Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954) Tuesday 5 September 1950 p 6 Family Notices
... — MARSH.— On Sept. 5th, 1925, at South Brisbane Congregational Church, the late Rev. H. S. Joyce ... . YOUATT. Herbert Gold. — Passed away at Brisbane 31st August. 1950. beloved Husband. Father. Father ...
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 31 December 1949 p 22 Family Notices
... -band of Joy and father of Lorelei, and the beloved only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Youatt, brother of Jean ... , Auburn, to Jean and Graham-a son (Neil Graham). McMARTIN.-December 21, 1949, at Memorial Hospital, North ...