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Science  19 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5653, pp. 2037
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5653.2037b

Who said Australians were only good at surfing, drinking beer, and wrestling crocodiles? The biographical site Bright Sparcs from the University of Melbourne highlights more than 4000 Australian researchers, explorers, doctors, and engineers, along with outsiders who made an impact on science and technology down under. Entries provide a brief career synopsis and links to other biographical info on the Web. Highlights include Francis Abbott (1799–1883), a convict who became an astronomer and fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society; and Frank Macfarlane Burnet (1899–1985), who won a Nobel Prize in 1960 for studies of how the developing immune system learns to discern “self” cells from invaders.


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