Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Abstract

Located in Melbourne, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was the first and remains the leading centre for medical research in Australia. It has achieved a major international reputation, initially in virology and more recently in immunology, haematology, cancer and malaria research.

Keywords: Australia; virology; immunology; cancer research

Figure 1.

Directors of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. From left to right. Sydney Wentworth Patterson, 1920 to 1923; Charles Halliley Kellaway, 1924 to 1944; Frank Macfarlane Burnet, 1944 to 1965; Gustav Joseph Victor Nossal, 1965 to 1996; Suzanne Cory, since 1996.

Figure 2.

From left to right. Premises occupied by The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in the Melbourne Hospital, 1923 to 1942; laboratories of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in the Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1942 to 1985; present laboratories of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, occupied since 1985.

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Further Reading

Burnet FM (1940) Biological Aspects of Infectious Diseases. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Burnet FM and Fenner F (1949) The Production of Antibodies, 2nd edn. Melbourne: Macmillan.

Burnet FM (1955) The Principles of Animal Virology. New York: Academic Press.

Burnet FM (1957) Clonal Selection Theory of Acquired Immunity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Burnet FM (1971) The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 1915–1965. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Dale HH (1953) Charles Halliley Kellaway. Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 8(22): 503–521.

Fenner FJ (1987) Frank Macfarlane Burnet 1899–1985. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 33: 101–162.

Kellaway CH (1928) The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Research in Pathology and Medicine. Medical Journal of Australia 2: 702–708.

Nossal GJV (1995) The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1965–1995: from basic research to clinical triumphs. Medical Journal of Australia 163: 599–603.

Sexton C (1999) Burnet. A Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wood IJ (1984) Discovery and Healing in Peace and War. Hawthorne: Acton Graphic Arts.

Australian Science Archives Project: http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au [Select History of Australian Science and Technology – contains a Guide to the records of Frank Macfarlane Burnet. Select Bright Sparcs, then select index and browse B for Burnet, which contains articles and the biographical memoir (from the Australian Academy of Science) with complete bibliography.]

Nobel Electronic Museum Website: http://www.nobel.se/medicine/articles/wehi/index.html

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute: http://www.wehi.edu.au

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Fenner, Frank, and Cory, Suzanne(Jul 2003) Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003555]