Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred (1903-1986)

Also known as
Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred, (Dr) (1903-)
Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred, (Dr) (1903-1986)
Kornblum, Geoffrey (1903-1986)
Field of activity
Anaesthetist; Doctors
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Geoffrey Alfred Kaye (1903-1986), anaesthetist, was born on 9 April 1903 at St Kilda, Melbourne, fourth child of Prussian-born Alfred Kornblum, merchant, and his Victorian-born wife Rosetta, née Levinson....

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Geoffrey Kaye was an anaesthetist who travelled to the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States in the early 1930s the further his knowledge of the field. He edited the first Australian textbook on the subject, (1932). Kaye held positions as anaesthetist at the Alfred and Dental Hospitals in Melbourne, and taught at the University of Melbourne. He strove to raise the standards and standing of anaesthesia in Australia, playing a key role in the establishment of the Australian Society of Anaesthetics. His interest in the design and production of anaesthetic equipment led to his developing for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists a museum of such devices. In 1958 this was named the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. From 1987 the Association's annual Presidential Address has been named the Geoffrey Kaye Oration.

  • Education - MB, University of Melbourne
  • Education - BS, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
  • Education - MD, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Medical officer, St Thomas's Hospital, London
  • Career position - Secretary, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
  • Career position - Foundation member, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
  • Career position - Lecturer (part-time) in anaesthetics, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Curator, Australian Society of Anaesthetics Museum
  • Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
  • Award - Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom
  • Career position - Foundation Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Award - Life Membership, Australian Society of Anaesthetics
  • Award - Orton Medal, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Award - Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetics, Royal Australian College of Surgeons

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Geoffrey Alfred Kaye was born on 9 April 1903 at St. Kilda, Melbourne, the fourth child of Alfred and Rosetta Kornblum. He was educated in England, and adopting the name Kaye, commenced studying medicine at the University of Melbourne. He graduated MB, 1926, BS, 1927 and MD, 1929. As resident medical officer at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, by 1927, he specialised in the early Australian development of the field of anaesthetics. After being appointed an honorary anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in 1930, Kaye travelled to the UK, Germany and North America expanding his knowledge. In 1931, he strove to raise the standards of anaesthetics in Australia. He edited Practical Anaesthesia (1932); his lobbying led to the formation of the Australian Society of Anaesthetics in 1934, and he edited its newsletter and served as its first secretary; he lectured part-time in anaesthetics at the University of Melbourne. During the Second World War, he worked as a captain in the Australian Army Medical Corp, on the design and manufacture of anaesthetic equipment. Kay withdrew from practice and teaching in 1957, but became a consulting anaesthetist at the Alfred and continued his research. He maintained a voluminous correspondence with colleagues. He died on 28 October 1986 at East Melbourne.

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Geoffrey Alfred Kaye was born on 9 April 1903 at St. Kilda, Melbourne, the fourth child of Alfred and Rosetta Kornblum. He was educated in England, and adopting the name Kaye, commenced studying medicine at the University of Melbourne. He graduated MB, 1926, BS, 1927 and MD, 1929. As resident medical officer at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, by 1927, he specialised in the early Australian development of the field of anaesthetics. After being appointed an honorary anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in 1930, Kaye travelled to the UK, Germany and North America expanding his knowledge. In 1931, he strove to raise the standards of anaesthetics in Australia. He edited Practical Anaesthesia (1932); his lobbying led to the formation of the Australian Society of Anaesthetics in 1934, and he edited its newsletter and served as its first secretary; he lectured part-time in anaesthetics at the University of Melbourne. During the Second World War, he worked as a captain in the Australian Army Medical Corp, on the design and manufacture of anaesthetic equipment. Kay withdrew from practice and teaching in 1957, but became a consulting anaesthetist at the Alfred and continued his research. He maintained a voluminous correspondence with colleagues. He died on 28 October 1986 at East Melbourne. [From Ray Marginson, Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred (1903-1986), Australian Dictionary of Biography - Online Edition.]

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  1. Kaye, Geoffrey Alfred
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Geoffrey Alfred Kaye (1903 - 1986), Anaesthetist
    Marginson, Ray
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 17, 605-6
  3. Obituary; Geoffrey Kaye, M.D. (Melb.), M.B.B.S., F.F.A.R.A.C.S. (Hon.), F.F.A.R.C.S., D.A.(R.C.P.&S.) 1903 - 1986
    Wilson, Gwen
    Published: 1987
    Series: Anaethesia and Intensive Care, 15, 1, 107-9
  4. Geoffrey Kaye Oration: anaesthesia - ideals and reality
    Barry, B. J.
    Published: 1989
    Series: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 17, 2, 213-9

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