Fenner, Professor Frank John (AA 91)

Professor Frank John Fenner

Born: 21 December 1914, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Professor Frank John Fenner, an eminent Australian virologist, was the Director of the John Curtin Medical Research School and the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University. During a long and accomplished career, he conducted important research into smallpox and myxamotosis, and he chaired the committee convened by the World Health Organisation to certify the global elimination of smallpox. Professor Fenner has received many awards and accolades during his career.

During the 1930s Fenner conducted physical anthropology research at the South Australian Museum while he studied for a Degree in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He also participated in three Board for Anthropological Research expeditions to the Diamantina in 1934, Nepabunna in 1937, and Ooldea in 1939.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains photographs and negatives, illustrations, draft manuscripts and data cards.

The records relating to the Board for Anthropological Research in the Professor Frank John Fenner collection was inscribed onto the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2015.