Lives of the fellows

Joseph Robert Emmott Fraser

b.27 September 1927 d.16 April 2013
MB BS Melb(1949) MD(1954) MRACP(1954) MRCP(1956) FRACP(1964) FRCP(1971)

Joseph Robert Emmott Fraser was a reader in medicine at the University of Melbourne. He was born in Inglewood, Victoria, Australia, the son of William Wilfred Fraser, a farmer, and Alphina Deborah Fraser née Emmott, the daughter of a manufacturer. He was educated at Shepparton High School, Victoria, and then went on to study medicine at the University of Melbourne. He qualified MB BS in 1949.

He was a resident medical officer at the Alfred Hospital in 1950 and subsequently became a general registrar and registrar to the clinical research unit there.

In the mid-1950s he went to the UK, where he was a senior house officer at the West End Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. From 1955 to 1956 he was a house physician at the Postgraduate Medical School, London. He then spent a year at the National Heart Hospital as a resident medical officer.

He returned to Australia and, from 1960 to 1966, he was an honorary physician to the outpatients at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne. Also from 1960 he was first assistant and assistant director at the University of Melbourne’s department of medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 1970 he became a reader in medicine.

He was chairman of the Cell Culture Society of Victoria.

Outside medicine he enjoyed field botany, bush walking and skiing.

In 1951 he married Muriel Ruth McKain. They had five children (Gail, Peter, Ian, David and Martin).

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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