Vale Emeritus Professor David Curtis

20 December 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) is mourning the death of Emeritus Professor David Curtis, a distinguished medical scientist and former Director of The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at ANU.

Professor Curtis died on Monday 11 December 2017.

He was appointed Professor of Pharmacology in the JCSMR Department of Physiology in 1966 and Foundation Head of the Department of Pharmacology in 1973.

Professor Curtis was the Director of JCSMR from 1989 to 1992, President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1986 to 1990, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

He was appointed as a Companion in the Order of Australia in 1992 in recognition of his contributions to medical research and scientific administration.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said Professor Curtis would be fondly remembered by people who knew him.

“David will be remembered as a pioneering researcher in the field of pharmacology, an inspiring leader and a delightful human being,” Professor Schmidt said.

“One behalf of the University, I offer our condolences to David’s family and friends.”

Professor Curtis collaborated with Professor Frank Fenner to write a history of JCSMR. The book was launched in 2001.