Wanting to solve problems of disease in both animals and humans, Dr. David R. Fraser is a noted animal science educator who served the University of Sydney in Australia for over 20 years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science in 1962, he commenced his career as a teaching fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney, remaining in that role for one year. From there, he pursued doctoral studies in Cambridge, England, and upon earning a doctorate degree, he served as a scientific staff member of the medical research council at Dunn Nutritional Laboratory from 1967 to 1974, having been appointed a member unlimited during his final year. In 1981, he was also a senior grade at the lab. During this time, he also excelled in his role of lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Upon returning to Australia, Dr. Fraser began serving as a professor of animal science at the University of Sydney in 1986, holding the position until attaining emeritus status in 2007. During his tenure, he also served as dean of veterinary science, director of the Poultry Research Foundation and Dairy Research Foundation, head of the Department of Animal Science, and member of the research and scholarship committee, among other obligations and roles. Likewise, he has been an invited lecturer in the field and was elected a fellow of food standards in Australia and New Zealand in 2011. He was previously elected an honorary fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia in 2005.
Attributing his success to his diligent work ethic, Dr. Fraser is proudest of making a discovery in biomedical research that advanced knowledge with a practical benefit for human and animal health. A former member of the program committee of the Australia and New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society, he also sat on numerous committees for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and was an elected director of the board of the International Conferences on Calcium Regulating Hormones between 1983 and 1992.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Fraser was named an honorary member of the general division of the Order of Australia in 2015 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Sacavin by the European Symposium on Calcified Tissues in 1984. He has also earned several accolades, such as the Rank International Prize in Nutrition, the Stewart Prize for Veterinary Medicine, the S.T.D. Symons Prize for Clinical Subjects and the J.D. Stewart Essay Prize. Furthermore, he won the Graziers Association Prize for Animal Breeding, the J. Moran Prize for Meat Inspection, the Cooper Prize for Parasitology, the H.C. Moulder Prize for Bacteriology and a University Medal from the University of Sydney.
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