(Sir) Thomas Anderson Stuart becomes Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, and second Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

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The Faculty of Medicine owes its development to the genius of Sir Thomas Anderson Stuart, a man of great ability, determination and energy, who came from Edinburgh to fill the chair. At the time, Anderson Stuart was only 26 years old but despite his youth, his distinguished referees provided glowing testimonials to his capacity. Anderson Stuart was born in Dumfries, Scotland and began medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1875. He was a brilliant student, coming first in his final year in 1880 and being awarded the gold medal. He was attracted to teaching from the start and was soon appointed Chief Demonstrator to the Professor of Physiology. Within two years, Anderson Stuart had been awarded his MD thesis for which he also received a medal.

The same year, he applied for and was offered the Professorship of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Sydney. Anderson Stuart took up the Professorship and Deanship in 1883 and immediately began the task of opening the medical school.[1]