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Biographical entry Gordon, Hugh McLeod (1909 - 2002)


28 March 1909
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
23 April 2002
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Veterinary scientist


Hugh McLeod Gordon, who worked at the CSIRO's McMaster Laboratories, reported in 1939 that phenothiazine, a heterocyclic compound was 'a safe and effective anthelmintic' (worm-killing drug). Gordon suggested that the compound could be made locally. For some decades his discovery and locally developed industrial syntheses saved the Australian farmer millions of dollars.



Education - Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1931 - 1933
Career position - Worked in the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) McMaster Laboratory under the direction of Ian Clunies-Ross
1934 - 1974
Career position - Worked at CSIR/CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1937 - 1970
Career position - Lecturer in veterinary parasitology at the University of Sydney (part-time)
Education - Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) received from the University of Sydney
Life event - Retired
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Gordon, H. McL., 'Ian Clunies Ross: His publications and the enduring influence of his work', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 44, no. 10, 1968, pp. 467-480. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Gordon, H. M., 'Obituary: Dr Hugh McLeod Gordon, AM, Pioneering Veterinary Scientist', The Age, 15 August 2002. Details

Online Resources

See also

Rosanne Walker