Burnet, Frank Macfarlane

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Burnet, Frank Macfarlane Gender: M
born on 3 September 1899 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Traralgon, Australia, 38s12, 146e32
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°05' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°50 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 25°32'

Frank Macfarlane Burnet
photo: Faingold, Denver, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Australian scientist and co-winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The award was give for the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance. He was usually known as Macfarlane or Mac Burnet.

Fascinated by the natural world at an early age, he decided to pursue a career in science. In 1922 he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.S. in Medicine and Surgery and earned his M.D. two years later. In 1928 he earned his Ph.D. in bacteriology. A researcher at several prestigious institutes including the National Institute for Medical Research in London, he was also a professor of experimental medicine at the University of Melbourne from 1944-1965.

He married his first wife Edith Druce on 10 July 1928; she died of leukemia in 1973. They had a son and two daughters. He married again in 1976.

Among his list of medals and awards are the Royal Medal (1947), a Knighthood in 1951, the Order of Merit (1958), and the Order of Australia in 1978.

He died of colon cancer on 31 August 1985 in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia. He was nearly 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Lederberg, Joshua (born 23 May 1925). Notes: Scientific collaborators
  • associate relationship with Medawar, Peter (born 28 February 1915). Notes: Co-winners of 1960 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine


  • Relationship : Marriage 10 July 1928 (To Edith Druce)
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  • Work : Prize 1951 (Knighted)
  • Work : Prize 1960 (Co-winner of the Nobel Prize)
  • Death of Mate 1973 (Edith of leukemia)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1976 (Hazel Jenkiin)
  • Death by Disease 31 August 1985 (Age 85 of colon cancer in Melbourne, Australia)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from the book, "Burnet: A Life" (by Christopher Sexton; Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 10.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BS, MD, PhD)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Colon cancer)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Nearly 86)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Medicine and virology)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (OM)