Honorary awards

Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley KBE

The degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) was conferred by the Chancellor upon Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley KBE, MD DSc LLD Melb MD Adel, FECP FRACP FRCPE FRS, world authority on tropical diseases, at 3.30pm on 7 March 1956.


Sir Neil, who is an Australian, had a distinguished career as a research worker and teacher in tropical medicine, culminating
in his appointment as Wellcome Professor of Tropical Medicine in the University of London. During the 1939-45 War, as Chairman of the Combined Advisory Committee to General MacArthur on Tropical Medicine, Hygiene and Sanitation, HQ, South-west Pacific Area and Director of the LHQ Medical Research Unit, Cairns, he made a major contribution to ultimate victory in the Pacific, by his work on the enormous problem of maintaining the health of troops in the tropical regions, and in developing anti-malarial drugs which led to successful control of malaria in jungle warfare.

From a Senate Report