Ada, G. L. (1922-)

Also known as
Ada, G. L. (1922-2012)
Ada, Gordon Leslie, (FAA) (1922-2012)
Ada, Gordon Leslie (1922-)
Field of activity
Microbiologist; Virologist; Immunologist
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Biographies

Gordon Ada was Professor of Microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University from 1968-1988. Earlier he was at the National Institute of Medical Research, London 1946-1948 and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research 1948-1968.

From the University of Sydney Gordon Ada received a BSc in 1943, an MSc in 1946 and a DSc in 1959. His first research position was at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) from 1944 to 1946, where he worked on ridding blood serum of precipitates. The realisation that he needed to get further experience and learn new techniques led to him moving to London to work at the National Institute for Medical Research. Working there from 1946 to 1948, he mastered moving boundary electrophoresis and ultracentrifugation, which were then new biophysical techniques used for the study of proteins.

While in London he was invited to join the staff of Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI), by the then Director Frank Macfarlane Burnet, to help establish the Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Unit with Henry Holden. He accepted the invitation and stayed at WEHI from 1948 until 1968. During this time he became first a virologist and then an immunologist. As a virologist he studied the influenza virus and the Murray Valley encephalitis virus. In 1962 Ada changed to immunology and began his study of the nature and location of cells that bind antigen. Over the next six years they studied the role of antibody in antigen localisation and demonstrated the absence of antigen in antibody-forming cells.

Ada left WEHI in 1968 to become Head of the Department of Microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. Under his leadership the department combined virological and immunological approaches, becoming an international centre for the study of cellular immune response. In his department during this time were Peter Doherty and Rolf Zinkernagel, conducting the research that led to their being awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.

In 1971, shortly after arriving in Canberra, Ada became interested in international health through his association with the World Health Organization. This involvement lasted more than 20 years and covered eight different programs, most being concerned with the development and use of vaccines.

During 1988-1991 Ada was at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, USA. As director of the School's Center for AIDS Research. In 1988 he delivered the plenary lecture on The prospects for HIV vaccines to the Fourth International AIDS Congress in Stockholm. In 1991 he returned to Canberra as a Visiting Fellow in the Division of Immunology and Cell Biology at the John Curtin School.

Ada was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1964 and has served the Academy in a number of roles. He has also served as President of the Australian Biochemical Society (1966-67) and the Australian Society for Immunology (1975-76). In 2001 he was honoured by induction into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, New South Wales
  • Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Research Scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research in Hampstead, UK
  • Career position - Senior Researcher and founding member of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Unit at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI), Parkville, Victoria
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Head of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Unit at WEHI
  • Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • Career position - President of the Australian Biochemical Society
  • Career position - Head of the Department of Microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University, Canberra
  • Career position - Council member of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - President of the Australian Society for Immunology
  • Career position - Foreign Secretary
  • Career position - Associate Director and then Director of Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, USA

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Ada, Gordon Leslie
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Interview with Professor Gordon Ada
    Fenner, Frank
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 2002
    Series: Interviews with Australian scientists
  3. Gordon Leslie Ada 1922-2012
    Nossal, Gustav J. V. and Parish, Christopher R.
    Published: 2015
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 26, 164-78
  4. Gordon Leslie Ada, AO, FAA, 6-12-1922 - 25-9-2012: Insight led to Key Immunity Discoveries
    Ada, Andrew, Nossal, Gustav and Parish, Chris
    Published: 2012
    Series: The Saturday Age, 35
  5. Adolph Basser Library Manuscript Collection
    Smith, Ailie
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2012

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  1. Gordon Ada interviewed by Peter Pockley
    Ada, G. L., 1922-2012
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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  2. Professor Gordon Ada interview
    Australian Academy of Science in conjunction with OxfordBrookes University Video Archive in the United Kingdom
    [ Video : 1994 ]
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  3. Strategies in vaccine design / [edited by] Gordon L. Ada
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    [ Book : 1994 ]
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  4. Studies on viral nucleic acids and on viral and bacterial neuraminidase / by G.L. Ada
    Ada, G. L., 1922-2012
    [ Thesis : 1961 ]
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  5. Vaccines, vaccination, and the immune response / Gordon Ada, Alistair Ramsay
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    [ Book : 1997 ]
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  6. Antigens, lymphoid cells, and the immune response / G.J.V. Nossal and G.L. Ada
    Nossal, G. J. V. (Gustav Joseph Victor), 1931-
    [ Book : 1971 ]
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  7. Vaccination : the facts, the fears, the future / Gordon Ada and David Isaacs
    Ada, G. L., 1922-2012
    [ Book : 2000-2001 ]
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  8. The immune response to influenza infection / G.L. Ada, P.D. Jones. Defective interfering viruses and infections of animals / A.D.T. Barrett, N.J. Dimmock. The regulation of lymphocyte traffic / E.C. Butcher
    Ada, G. L., 1922-2012
    [ Book : 1986 ]
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  9. Health technology transfer, whose responsibility? : XXIIIrd CIOMS Round Table Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 2-3 November 1989 / organized jointly with the World Health Organization ; edited by Z. Bankowski and G.L. Ada
    CIOMS Round Table Conference Geneva, Switzerland) 1989 :
    [ Book, Conference Proceedings : 1990 ]
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    Health technology transfer, whose responsibility? : XXIIIrd CIOMS Round Table Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 2-3 November 1989 / organized jointly with the World Health Organization ; edited by Z. Bankowski and G.L. Ada
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  10. Vaccines for fertility regulation : the assessment of their safety and efficacy : proceedings of a Symposium on Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Vaccines to Regulate Fertility, convened by the WHO Special Programme of Research, Development, and R ...
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    [ Conference Proceedings : 1991 ]
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    Vaccines for fertility regulation : the assessment of their safety and efficacy : proceedings of a Symposium on Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Vaccines to Regulate Fertility, convened by the WHO Special Programme of Research, Development, and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Geneva, June 1989 / edited by G.L. Ada, P.D. Griffin
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  1. Gordon Ada interviewed by Peter Pockley
    Ada, G. L., 1922-2012
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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  2. Professor Gordon Ada interview
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    [ Video : 1994 ]
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