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Donald Metcalf interviewed by Peter Pockley [sound recording]
Bib ID 3048098
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Metcalf, Donald, 1929-2014, Interviewee
 
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Description 2003 
3 digital audio tapes (162 min.) 
Summary

Emeritus Professor Metcalf speaks about his family background; his early schooling in country New South Wales; the University of Sydney's Medicine Faculty (1946); his commitment to cancer research; his internship at Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; his appointment to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne (1954); the nature and work of the Institute; Macfarlane Burnett; Gustav Nossal; the level of understanding of cancer in the 1950s; research into the thymus; Henry Kaplan and Jacob Furth; Ray Bradley; the motivations of research scientists; purification of colony stimulating factors (CSFs) (1966-1984); key colleagues (1960s and 1970s)

Professor Metcalf speaks about sources of funding; venture capitalists; cloning; patenting of genes; practical consequences of CSFs for clinical medicine; views of the licensing system which delays applications of discoveries; commercialisation of research; Jose Carreras; recent research at the Hall Institute; the 'fun' of scientific research; attitude to prizes and awards; future challenges to medical science; education of scientists; the 'drive' to become a scientist.

Biography/History

Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf, biomedical scientist was appointed to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (Melbourne) in the mid-1950s and was made Head of the Cancer Research Unit at the Institute in 1965, a position he held until 1996. He was admitted to the Order of Australia in 1976 and made a Companion of the Order in 1993. He has received many international and national prizes and awards, including the Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2001.

Notes

Recorded on Nov.14, 2003 at Melbourne, Vic.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-218639868

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 64 leaves) 
Subjects Metcalf, Donald, 1929-2014 -- Interviews.  |  Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.  |  Immunologists -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Interviews.  |  Immunology -- Research.
Occupation Immunologists
Other authors/contributors Pockley, Peter, 1935-2013, Interviewer

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