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Sir Gustav Nossal, 1979 (printed 1981)

Mark Strizic

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 42.3 cm x 29.8 cm, image: 38.0 cm x 25.0 cm)

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE (b. 1931) is a medical scientist. Born in Austria, he emigrated with his family in 1939. He began his career in 1955 at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research under immunologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet. Ten years later he succeeded Burnet as Director of the Institute. Under his 31-year leadership its research broadened to include cancer, multiple sclerosis, malaria and organ transplants. During much of this period Nossal was also Professor of Medical Biology at the University of Melbourne; from 1994 to 1998 he was President of the Australian Academy of Science. Since 1990 he has chaired the body advising the World Health Organisation on vaccination and immunisation, assisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has become a principal partner of Foursight Associates, which promotes and facilitates the transformation of Australian medical research into commercially viable ventures. Knighted in 1977 for his work in immunology, Nossal became a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989, the Australian of the Year in 2000. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Member of French Academie des Sciences.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Accession number: 2003.137

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Mark Strizic (age 51 in 1979)

Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE (age 48 in 1979)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Mark Strizic's work crosses a broad spectrum of photographic fields including urban, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. 

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year

Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

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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.