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Andrews, Shirley (1915 - c. 2004)

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Born: 6 November 1915  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Died: c. 2004.
Shirley Andrews was Senior Biochemist at the Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital in Victoria from 1954 to 1977. She was responsible for developing ways to safely use lithium to treat manic depressive illnesses and discovered that bromureide drugs, a widely used tranquiliser, caused mental illness symptoms. This lead to a major reduction in the use of bromureide drugs. Andrews also had a strong social conscious and was involved in the early struggle for equal rights for Aborigines and was a founding member and secretary of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (Victoria) – Australia’s first such organisation. She also had a great passion for dance and music, performing in many ballets and dances and was a founding member of the Victorian Bush Music Club (later known as the Victorian Folk Music Club).

Career Highlights

1937Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1939 - 1946Caroline Kaye Scholar in Veterinary Biochemistry at the Veterinary Research Institute, University of Melbourne
1947 - 1953Biochemist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1954 - 1977Senior Biochemist at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, Melbourne
1994Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received for service to Australian folklore


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Annette Alafaci
Created: 7 September 2005
Modified: 13 September 2005

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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