Professor Richard Spencer Butler Gye becomes the Fourteenth Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the First Full-Time Dean in 1974

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In 1974 Professor Richard Gye became the first full-time Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. In 1964 Gye was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery (Neurosurgery) at the University of Sydney, where he created the first academic unit of Neurosurgery in Australia. He worked also at Concord Repatriation General Hospital as Head of Neurosurgery.[1] He is notable for the work he performed in the management of intracranial aneurysms, nerve grafting in leprosy, the epidemiology of head injury, and intercranial pressure monitoring.[1] He moved to Oxford in 1971 to take up the position of Head of the Department of Neurosurgery. Returning to Australia in 1974 he became the academic Head of Neurosurgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In the same year he was appointed Dean. During Gye's 15 year post as Dean, 43 new chairs were created in the Faculty.