Fenner, Professor Frank John (AA 91)

Professor Frank John Fenner

Born: 21 December 1914, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Professor Frank Fenner, an eminent Australian virologist, was the Director of the John Curtin Medical Research School and the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University. During a long and accomplished career, he conducted important research into smallpox and myxamotosis, and he chaired the committee convened by the World Health Organisation to certify the global elimination of smallpox. Professor Fenner has received many awards and accolades during his career.

During the 1930s Frank Fenner conducted physical anthropology research at the South Australian Museum while he studied for a Degree in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He also participated in three Board for Anthropological Research expeditions during the 1930s. The Frank J Fenner collection at the South Australian Museum contains materials relating to physical anthropology research at the South Australian Museum and to Board for Anthropological Research expeditions. It includes photographs and negatives, illustrations, draft manuscripts, and data cards.

Frank Fenner conducted physical anthropology research at the South Australian Museum during the 1930s, while he studied for a Medical Degree at University of Adelaide. He also conducted physical anthropology research on three Board for Anthropological Research expeditions: to the Diamantina in 1934, Nepabunna in 1937, and Ooldea in 1939.

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