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Sir Macfarlane Burnet

1968
Mark Strizic

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 25.0 cm x 34.9 cm)

Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet OM AK KBE (1899-1985), medical scientist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1960 for his work with Sir Peter Medawar on acquired immunological tolerance to tissue transplants. Burnet had earlier worked with Jean Macnamara to prove that there were at least two viruses causing poliomyelitis, and had isolated the Q fever bacterium, Coxiella burnetti. Much of his research was carried out at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, of which he was Assistant Director from 1928 to 1931 and Director from 1944 to 1965. Of all scientists carrying out the bulk of their investigations in Australia, Burnet remains the most honoured. In 1958 he became the first Australian to receive the Order of Merit. In 1960, the year he won the Nobel Prize, he was named Australia's inaugural Australian of the Year. In 1978 he was made a Knight of the Order of Australia, becoming one of only twelve men and two women to be appointed Knights and Dames of the Order before the title was abolished. Australian of the Year 1960.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003
© Estate of Mark Strizic

Artist and subject

Mark Strizic (age 40 in 1968)

Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet OM AK KBE (age 69 in 1968)

Supported by

Sir Roderick Carnegie AC (5 portraits supported)

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Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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