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Biographical entry Sprent, John Frederick Adrian (1915 - 2010)


23 July 1915
London, England
1 November 2010
Moggill, Queensland, Australia
Veterinary scientist


John Sprent was one of the world's foremost authorities on nematodes of the family Ascaridoidea, particularly parasitic species and their relationship with their hosts. His research focused on dispersal strategies of parasites, leading him to propose that the need for an intermediate host was a primitive characteristic, infection of hosts by ingestion of the parasite's embryonated eggs being a more advanced strategy. He described 10 genera and 23 species new to science. Sprent was Professor of Parasitology at the University of Queensland from 1956 to 1983 where he established the Department of Parasitology. In 1987 and 2005 Sprent donated to the Queensland Museum his collections of 7,600 nematode specimens, 30,000 microscope slides, correspondence and a substantial number of scientific reprints. The Australian Society for Parasitology established John Frederick Adrian Sprent Prize in 1983.



1942 - 1944
Career position - Veterinary Research Officer, Colonial Veterinary Service, Nigeria
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), University of London, England
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of London, England
1945 - 1946
Career position - Cooper Centenary Research Fellow, Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Laboratories, Weybridge, United Kingdom
1946 - 1947
Career position - University of London Travelling Studentship Cooper Centenary Research Fellow, University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
1947 - 1948
Career position - Seymour Coman Research Fellow in Preventive Medicine, University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
1948 - 1952
Career position - Senior Research Fellow, Ontario Research Foundation, Canada
1952 - 1954
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology, The University of Queensland, Australia
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc), University of London, England
1954 - 1956
Career position - Research Professor in Parasitology, Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Parasitology, University of Queensland
1956 - 1974
Career position - Head of Department of Parasitology, University of Queensland
1956 - 1983
Career position - Professor of Parasitology, Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Parasitology, University of Queensland
1960 - 2010
Award - Fellow, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, United Kingdom
Award - Payne Exhibition (Scholarship), The University of Melbourne
Award - Henry Baldwin Award, American Society of Parasitologists, United States of America
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Australia
1964 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
Career position - Foundation President, Australian Society for Parasitology
1971 - 2010
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
1973 - 2010
Award - Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology
1974 - 1993
Career position - Editor in Chief, International Journal of Parasitology
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS).
1981 - 2010
Award - Fellow, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
1983 - ?
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland
Life event - Retired
Award - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science
Award - Distinguished Parasitologist Award, World Federation of Parasitologists

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  • Sprent, John A., 'The University of Queensland' in A history of parasitology in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Beveridge, I. and O'Donoghue, P. J., eds (Blackburn (Vic.): Raw Publishing, 2009), pp. 72-106. Details

Journal Articles

  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Nature, 53 (2007), 1-156. Details
  • Beveridge, Ian & Boreham, Peter F. L., 'Preface [John Sprent retires as Editor]', International Journal of Parasitology, 24 (8) (1994), 1077-9. Details
  • Bryant, Chris et al., 'John Frederick Adrian Sprent 1915-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, 24 (2013), 316-38. Details
  • Cremin, Mary, 'Sprent: bibliography and invited lectures 24(8):1081-7', International Journal of Parasitology, 24 (8) (1994), 1081-7. Details
  • Sprent, J. F. A., 'Ronald Harry Wharton 1923-83', Historical Records of Australian Science, 6 (2) (1985), 293-301. Details
  • Sprent, J. F. A., 'Parasitology in Brisbane', International Journal for Parasitology, 16 (4) (1986), 281-5. Details
  • Sprent, J.F., 'Harold Marshall Duncan Hoyte 1928-1996', International Journal of Parasitology, 27 (1997), 251-255. Details


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