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Emeritus Professor Brian Setchell

Brian Setchell

Emeritus Professor Brian Setchell (BVSc, PhD, ScD) passed away on the 11th July, 2018.

He graduated BVSc from University of Sydney in 1953, and had a PhD and ScD from the University of Cambridge. He worked at the NSW Department of Agriculture, CSIRO Division of Animal Physiology, Prospect NSW, and the Babraham Institute, Agricultural Council, Cambridge, UK before arriving in Adelaide.

Brian was Professor of Animal Sciences at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide, from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. He was then a Visiting Research Fellow in the Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology in the School of Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide and in 1997 and 2000 a Fellow at the Pediatric Endocrinology Unit at the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.

He published "The Mammalian Testis", a translation of the original text in Italian by Enrico Sertoli which discusses the cells in the testis now bearing his name. He was involved in translations with H.D. Jocelyn from Latin of Regnier de Graaf's two 17C books, on the anatomy of the reproductive systems of men and women, and wrote 76 reviews or chapters in books, 152 articles and 213 abstracts on the physiology, biochemistry and endocrinology of the testis and epididymis, as well as 46 articles on metabolism of the brain and other organs.

Brian was one of the Founders and initiators of our Society, was made Life member in 2005 and remained a very active member until recent years. He published a brief history of the Society which can be found at https://www.srb.org.au/main-menu/history-of-srb/ .

He was a passionate musician, a patient accompanist and willing participant in any musical opportunity that came his way.

He was a wonderful husband to Marcia, father to Jo, Angus and Nick  and grandfather to Joshua, Ethan, Felix and Jasmyn.

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