David Guthrie Catcheside (1907-1994) - Emeritus Professor, geneticist
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|Title:||David Guthrie Catcheside (1907-1994) - Emeritus Professor, geneticist|
|Author(s):||Catcheside, David Guthrie|
|Keywords:||David Guthrie Catcheside|
|Publisher:||The Australian National University, Emeritus Faculty Inc.|
Professor David Catcheside was born in 1907 and was educated at the Strand School and the University of London. From 1928 until 1944 he held teaching appointments in the universities of Glasgow and London, before going to Cambridge as a Fellow of Trinity College. In 1950 he was appointed to a readership in Cytogenetics. He was the Professor of Genetics in the University of Adelaide from 1952 until 1955. He then returned to England in 1956 to take up the appointment of Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham. The Australian National University established a Chair and Department of Genetics within the John Curtin School of Medical Research in 1963 and Professor Catcheside became the first occupant of the new Chair. Later that year he was invited by the university to become an Adviser on the development of biological research in the Institute of Advanced Studies. When the Research School of Biological Sciences was founded in 1967 he became its first Head. His Department of Genetics in the John Curtin School transferred to Biological Sciences at this time. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951 for his outstanding research work. In 1954 he became a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was later elected a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. When he retired from the university in 1973 he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor.
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