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Agar, Wilfred Talbot (1910 - 2000)

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Physician and Physiologist
Born: 1910  Scotland.  Died: 11 June 2000.
Wilfred Talbot Agar migrated to Australia with his family in 1920. The family lived in one of the residential houses at the University of Melbourne where his father, Wilfred Eade Agar was appointed Professor of Zoology. After completing his secondary schooling at Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar, Wilfred Talbot Agar began a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University. By third year, he had converted to a medical degree and graduated in 1934. Agar’s first job was at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) followed by an appointment as the first Nuffield Dominion Demonstrator in Physiology at the University of Oxford in the UK. When war broke out, Agar volunteered with the Royal Australian Military Corp and was appointed Officer Commanding a Field Transfusion Unit. In 1945 he returned to Australia and the University of Melbourne where he was Senior Lecturer then Reader in Physiology. One of his greatest finds was that some of the underground waters of Victoria’s Western District contained toxic levels of magnesium salts. Wilfred Talbot Agar resigned from the University in 1966 and moved to the Western District where he died in 2000.

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1920Migrated to Australia (Melbourne)
1934Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1934 - 1937Scientist at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Parkville, Victoria
1938 - 1942Nuffield Dominion Demonstrator in Physiology at the University of Oxford, UK
1942 - 1945Officer Commanding a Field Transfusion Unit with the Royal Australian Medical Corp in north-east India
1945 - 1955Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Melbourne
1956 - 1966Reader in Physiology at the University of Melbourne

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