Honorary awards

Phyllis Margaret Rountree

At a conferring of degrees ceremony held in the Great Hall in 1987, the honorary degree of Doctor of Science was conferred upon Phyllis Margaret Rountree, MSc DSc Melb DipBacteriology School of Hygiene London.


Dr Rountree was a leading Australian microbiologist who became an international authority on the typing of bacteriophages, particularly Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph).

She worked a research assistant with Frank Macfarlane Burnet 1934-35. After further study in London, Rountree worked as Research Bacteriologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney (1944-61), Chief Bacteriologist (1961-71) and after her retirement as Consultant Bacteriologist (1971-92).

Her work centered around investigation of the Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) bacteria. Her career also included research into soil salination; botulism in the Second World War; trachoma among Central Australian Aborigines; wound infections and antibiotic resistance. From 1971, Rountree held a position as Honorary Research Associate in Medical Microbiology at the University of New South Wales.

From the online Encyclopedia of Australian Science