David R. Fraser, BVSc, PhD, AM

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Title: Emeritus Professor of Animal Science
Company: University of Sydney
Location: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

David Fraser, Emeritus Professor of Animal Science at the University of Sydney, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in veterinary education.

Dr. Fraser became involved in his career because of his desire to help solve problems of disease in animals and humans. In his career spanning nearly six decades, he has made strides in this area having made a discovery in biomedical research that advanced knowledge with a practical benefit for both animals and humans. In his realm, Dr. Fraser’s area of expertise centers on metabolism and the function of vitamin D. In his career, he has been honored as a Member of the Order of Australia; received the Rank International Prize in Nutrition in 1988 and the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Sacavin, from the European Symposium on Calcified Tissues in Angers, France. Furthermore, he received scholarships from the University of Cambridge and the University of Sydney. Dr. Fraser has also received the Stewart Prize for Veterinary Medicine, the J. Moran Prize for Meat Inspection, the Cooper Prize for Parasitology and the H.C. Moulder Prize for Bacteriology among many other accolades.

 Dr. Fraser set on his path at the University of Sydney, where he earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1962 with First Class Honours and the University Medal. He continued his academic pursuits at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, earning a PhD in 1967. From 1967 to 1974, he garnered experience as a member of the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory in Cambridge. He continued his work there in senior roles until joining the University of Sydney in 1986 as a Professor of Animal Husbandry (now Animal Science). He served as Dean of Veterinary Science at that institution from 1994 to 1998. In 2007, Dr. Fraser retired from the University and attained the honor of emeritus professor.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Fraser has been an elected Fellow of Food Standards in Australia and New Zealand and an elected Honorary Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia. He has directed poultry research, dairy research, and lectured around the world on such topics as vitamins and clinical chemistry. For his work, Dr. Fraser has served on the editorial board of the Zentralblatt für Veterinärmedizin, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Bone and Mineral, the British Journal of Nutrition and The Biochemical Journal. He maintained professional affiliation with such organizations as the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, the Australian Chicken Meat Research and Development Council, the Biochemical Society and the UK Bone and Tooth Society.

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