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William Herdman Elliott 1925--2012 (2013)


Bill Elliott graduated in Biochemistry at Cambridge and gained his PhD with enzymologist Malcolm Dixon in the Biochemical Laboratories. Following research appointments at Harvard, Oxford and the Australian National University, he became Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide in 1965. He was an outstanding scholar and stimulating teacher who profoundly influenced the lives of students and staff of his Adelaide department. Early in his career he made important contributions to the understanding of enzyme reactions driven by phosphoryl group transfer from adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and discovered the glutamine synthetase enzymes in plant and animal tissues that utilize that mechanism. He later worked on mechanisms of enzyme secretion by certain microorganisms, before turning to the biochemical mechanisms of porphyrin synthesis that lead to the formation of haem and thence haemoglobin, research that he pursued for the rest of his academic life.


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Authors & Contributors
Santesmases, María Jesús
Gregory P. Power
John W. White
Lambeck, Kurt
Ian J. Mason
M. Ann Ritchie
Historical Records of Australian Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Quarterly Review of Biology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Ian J. Mason
Miegunyah Press
Environmental management
Hyde, Bruce Godfrey (1925–2014)
McComb, Arthur James
Nichol, Lawrence Walter
Swan, John Melvin
Lyons, L. E. (Lawrence Ernest)
Trikojus, Victor Martin
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
Australian National University
Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

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