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Biographical entry Bradbury, Janes Howard (Howard) (1927 - 2016)


2 September 1927
28 November 2016
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Howard Bradbury was a biochemist whose research was on polymers, wool and keratin, as well as the structure of peptide, protein and carbohydrate. He was a pioneer in the use of NMR spectroscopy to investigate the solution structure of large biomolecules. After working for the CSIRO Wool Research Laboratories in Geelong, Victoria, for six years, he was one of the first chemistry academics appointed to the Australian National University. From the late 1970s Bradbury worked on the chemistry of foods especially rice, taro and sweet potato, with the intention of using protein chemistry to assist in improving the staple foods of developing nations. In retirement he developed methods to test and remove cyanide from cassava, a major food source in sub-Saharan Africa, the consumption of which can lead to cyanide poisoning and development of the crippling disease konzo.



? - 1988
Career position - Reader in Chemistry, Australian National University
Award - Rennie Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Life event - Retired
1988 - 2016
Career position - Emeritus Fellow, Department of Botany, Australian National University
1989 - 1999
Career position - Founding Co-ordinator, Asia Pacific Food Analysis Network
2001 - ?
Career position - Founder and Co-ordinator, Cassava Cyanide Diseases Network
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to science as a plant biochemist, particularly through research and the development of a test kit to measure levels of cyanide in cassava and other food
Award - Inaugural $2 a Day Award, Institute of Chemical Engineers

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  • Carver, John and Norton, Ray, 'James Howard Bradbury: dedicated to eradicating konzo', Chemistry in Australia, 2017 (April) (2017), 30. Details

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