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Professor Graeme Laver FRS ’47 †

Graeme commenced his career as a technical assistant at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research from 1947-52 whilst working his way to a BSc and MSc at the University of Melbourne and later gained a PhD at London University on a CSIRO scholarship. He moved to the University of Melbourne as Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry (1954-55) and then to the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, where he was a Senior Fellow. He published various papers on Molecular Biology and the Antigenic Properties of Influenza viruses and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.  Graeme officially retired from the John Curtin school in 1995, after being made a professor in 1990. He was awarded (jointly) the Australia Prize in 1996. He remained active and was on the way to an influenza conference in Portugal when he died in 2008.

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