Abbie, Andrew Arthur, 1905-1976

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Andrew Arthur Abbie, Physiologist and anatomist, was born in Kent in England in 1905, was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School at Rochester. His family emigrated to New Zealand and then to Sydney and after a year in an insurance office he undertook his medical degree at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1929 after a brilliant undergraduate career.

From 1929-32 he was Resident Medical Officer at Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and from 1932-34 worked with Sir Grafton Elliot Smith at University College London, completing his Ph.D. in 1934. From 1936-41 he was Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Sydney and, after war service as a chemical warfare physiologist and in New Guinea, was appointed Elder Professor of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Adelaide, retiring from the Chair in 1970.

In Adelaide he was active as a member of the Board for Anthropological Research and other anthropological societies as well as in medical societies. He undertook a number of research expeditions with the Board over the decade 1951-61 and published extensively on the physical anthropology of Aborginal Australians in addition to his other special field of neuroanatomy.

Abbie retired in 1970, and died six years later at Unley Park, Adelaide, South Australia, on July 22, 1976.

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associatedWith Askenasy, Hans, 1930- person
associatedWith Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973 person
associatedWith Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 person
associatedWith Briffault, Robert person
associatedWith Buhler, Charlotte, 1983-1974 person
associatedWith Carpenter, Edmund, 1922-2011 person
associatedWith Clark, Wilfrid E. Le Gros, (Wilfrid Edward Le Gros), 1895-1971 person
associatedWith Dobzhansky, Theodosius Grigorievich, 1900-1975 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Eisler, Riane Tennenhaus person
associatedWith Elkin, A. P. (Adolphus Peter), 1891-1979 person
associatedWith Evans, Bergen, 1904-1978 person
associatedWith Freeman, Derek person
associatedWith Fromm, Erich, 1900-1980 person
associatedWith Goldstein, Marcus Solomon person
associatedWith Gould, Stephen Jay person
associatedWith Keith, Arthur, Sir, 1866-1955 person
associatedWith Kirk, R. L. (Robert Louis), 1921- person
associatedWith Kluckhohn, Clyde, 1905-1960 person
associatedWith La Barre, Weston, 1911-1996 person
associatedWith Matson, Floyd W. person
associatedWith McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980 person
associatedWith Meade, Margaret, 1901-1978 person
associatedWith Montagu, Ashley, 1905-1999 person
associatedWith Oakley, Kenneth Page, 1911 person
associatedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Sorokin, Pitirim Aleksandrovich, 1889-1968 person
associatedWith Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956 person
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Arnhem Land (NT)
Arnhem Land (NT)
Maningrida (Central Arnhem Land SD53-02)
Beswick (NT Top End Upper Roper SD53-09)
Northern Territory Top End (NT)
Kalumburu (WA Drysdale East Kimberley SD52-09)
Tiwi Islands (NT SC52-15, SC52-16)
Beswick (NT Top End Upper Roper SD53-09)
Northern Territory
Andajin people (K23) (WA SE52-05)
Anthropology, ethnography, fieldwork
Batjamal / Wogait people (N6) (NT SD52-07)
Biology, genetics, eugenics
Burarra people (N135) (NT SD53-03)
Burarra people (N82) (NT SD53-02)
Garrwa / Garrawa / Garawa people (N155) (NT SE53-08)
Gunavidji people (N74) (NT SD53-02)
Gunin people (K36) (WA SD52-10)
Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku people (N65) (NT SD53-02)
Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji people (C26) (NT SE53-07)
Health status
Human biology
Human biology
Jawoyn people (N57) (NT SD53-09)
Mangarrayi / Mangarayi people (N78) (NT SD53-09)
Mara / Marra people (N112) (NT SD53-11)
Mayali / Mayawarli people (N44) (NT SD53-01)
Nakkara / Nagara people (N80) (NT SD53-02)
Ngalkbun people (N76) (NT SD53-06)
Nunggubuyu people (N128) (NT SD53-11)
Race, race relations, racism
Rembarrnga people (N73) (NT SD53-06)
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Tiwi people (N20) (NT SC52-16)
Walmajarri / Walmatjarri people (A66) (WA SE51-16)
Warramirri / Warramiri people (N131) (NT SD53-03)
Wembria people (K31) (WA SD52-10)
Wunambal people (K22) (WA SD51-12)


Birth 1905-02-08

Death 1976-07-22



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