Papers of Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet now in Trove

Discover the archive of a Nobel Prize winning Australian scientist
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The papers of Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet OM AK KBE FAA FRS Nobel Laureate (1899–1985) are now available in Trove. Held in the Archives of the Australian Academy of Science, they have been digitised as part of an ongoing collaborative project with the National Library of Australia. In 2022, this collaboration also brought the travel diaries of Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner to Trove.

Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet was a leader in Australian science and is celebrated for his significant contributions in the fields of virology, immunology, and microbiology. In 1960, he became the first Australian scientist to win a Nobel Prize (in Physiology or Medicine) for work done in Australia. He and Sir Peter Madwar were jointly awarded a Nobel Prize for their discovery of acquired immunological tolerance.  

Macfarlane Burnet’s papers include correspondence; transcripts of speeches and lectures relating to biology; scientific reports and papers; and draft book chapters. 

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