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26 August 1873
Holywood, Down, Ireland
28 August 1967
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Physiologist and Medical educator


William Osborne was Professor of Physiology, University of Melbourne 1904-1938 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine after 1929. He was on the panel of the radio quiz-programme "Information Please" from 1938 and was noted for his memory and wide variety of interests. President of the Royal Society of Victoria 1916-1917.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • William Sutherland - Records, 1877 - 1910, MS 023; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Oscar Mendelsohn - Records, 1928 - 1977, MS 1857; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • William Alexander Osborne - Records, 1602 - 1967, MS 5907; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • William Alexander Osborne - Records, 1892 - 1963, MS 8237; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • William Alexander Osborne - Records, 1899 - 1967; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Osborne, W. A., William Sutherland: a Biography, Lothian, Melbourne, 1920. Details
  • Osborne, William, A Primer of Dietetics, W. Ramsay, Melbourne, 1922. Details

Book Sections

  • Jones, Barry O., 'Osborne, William Alexander (1873-1967), Professor of Physiology, Man of Letters and Broadcaster', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 103-105. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • 'William Alexander Osborne, 1873-1967', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, vol. 34, no. 12, 1967, pp. 336-337. Details
  • Bolton, H. C.; Rae, Ian D., 'A Response to Intellectual Isolation: the Correspondence of W. A. Osborne and William Sutherland, 1905-1911', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 10, no. 4, 1995, pp. 323-335. Also available at Details
  • Osborne, W. A., 'George Britton Halford: His Life and Work', Medical Journal of Australia, 1929, pp. 64-88. Details

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Osborne, William Alexander Portrait


McCarthy, G.J.