Vale – Burnet patron, Professor Gordon Ada AO FAA

Tracy Parish

26 September, 2012

The Board and staff of the Burnet Institute are saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Ada, aged 89, who was a great supporter of the Institute’s work.

An internationally renowned microbiologist, virologist and immunologist, Professor Ada was a patron of the Burnet Institute for many years.

Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb paid tribute to Professor Ada’s stellar career, spanning almost 50 years since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1943.

“Gordon made an important contribution in the fields of virology and immunology and will be remembered as an outstanding Australian scientist,” Professor Crabb said.

“The Burnet Institute recognises his wonderful support as a patron and extends its sympathies and condolences to his family.”

Emeritus Professor Gordon Ada AO FAA

Professor Gordon was one of Australia’s most eminent scientists. After obtaining his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Sydney he moved to the National Institute of Medical Research, London from 1946-1948. He returned to Australia to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research from 1948-1968, where he worked closely with MacFarlane Burnet in the early days of virology and immunology research. During his time as Professor of Microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University from 1968-1988, he created a research environment in the Department of Microbiology at ANU that resulted in the Nobel Prize winning work of Professor Peter Doherty AC and Professor Rolf Zinkernagel. Gordon Ada was director of the Johns Hopkins School’s Centre for AIDS Research in Baltimore, USA from 1988-1991, and made a significant contribution to the development of a vaccine for HIV as scientific advisor for the Australian-Thai HIV vaccine consortium.


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Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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