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The history of science, pure and applied, in Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific

Donald Metcalf 1929–2014

Nicos A. Nicola

Historical Records of Australian Science 27(2) 176 - 191
Published: 07 November 2016


Donald Metcalf was one of Australia's most distinguished medical researchers and is acknowledged internationally as the father of the modern field of haemopoietic growth factors. He defined the hierarchy of haemopoietic progenitor cells, purified and cloned the major molecular regulators of their growth and maturation, determined their mechanisms of action and participated in their development for clinical use in cancer patients. He received numerous awards and distinctions during his career, but was most pleased by the fact that his life's work improved human health.


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