25 Facts About Anderson Stuart


Sir Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart was a Scottish-born professor of physiology, founder of the medical school at the University of Sydney.

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Anderson Stuart soon passed the preliminary examination of the Pharmaceutical Society, and at 16 the minor examination which entitled him to registration as a chemist when he turned 21.

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Anderson Stuart decided to take up medicine, and working early in the morning and at night passed the preliminary examination at the University of Edinburgh.

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Anderson Stuart spent a year at Wolfenbuttel, Germany, studying French and German; in November 1875 Anderson Stuart returned to Scotland where in 1880 he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine.

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Anderson Stuart commenced his course at the University of Edinburgh and had one of the most brilliant careers in medicine ever known there.

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Anderson Stuart was awarded 10 medals and won other prizes and scholarships.

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Anderson Stuart was asked by Professor William Rutherford to become his chief demonstrator; in preparation for this he made further studies in physiology and chemistry at Strasburg.

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Anderson Stuart was appointed and arrived in Sydney with his wife aboard the Parramatta in March 1883.

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Now that the medical building was complete, Anderson Stuart was able to focus on other things including in bringing about great improvements in the university grounds.

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Anderson Stuart prepared a bibliography of scientific literature in the libraries of New South Wales.

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Anderson Stuart was a good judge of men, and among the afterwards distinguished men who acted as demonstrators and lecturers in his department were Sir Alexander McCormick, Professor James Thomas Wilson, Sir James Graham, Sir Charles James Martin, Sir Almroth Wright and Professor Henry George Chapman.

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In 1890, while on a visit to Europe, Anderson Stuart was asked by the government to go to Berlin and report on Dr Robert Koch's method of treating tuberculosis.

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Some objection was made to Anderson Stuart undertaking these positions while still a full-time officer of the University.

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Anderson Stuart decided to resign as president, but continued to be a member of the board for the remainder of his life.

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On 18 September 1894, Anderson Stuart married Dorothy Primrose, a relative of Lord Rosebery.

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Anderson Stuart found time to do some public lecturing and took an active interest in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

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In 1901, Anderson Stuart became chairman, and it was largely due to his abilities that this hospital became the largest general hospital in Australia.

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In 1901, Anderson Stuart was responsible for the opening of a department of dentistry at the University.

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In 1905, Anderson Stuart became the inaugural president of the United Dental Hospital of Sydney, in doing so, he had to overcome the opposition of American-trained dentists led by Henry Peach.

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In 1908, Anderson Stuart was involved in the founding of the Institute of Tropical Medicine at Townsville and in 1914, he was created a knight bachelor.

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Anderson Stuart was a supporter of Francis Galton and the Eugenics Education Society.

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Anderson Stuart held the Dean of Medicine position since 1883 till his death.

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Anderson Stuart was an excellent lecturer, a first-rate teacher and had a keen business sense.

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At times, Anderson Stuart made enemies and he was not always willing to listen to the opinions of others.

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Anderson Stuart was an active Freemason, serving as the Deputy Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

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