Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet retires as director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, handing the torch to his protégée Sir Gustav Nossal.
In a foreword to a biography of Burnet, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh says: “I do not think that anyone would want to deny that Sir Macfarlane Burnet was Australia’s most distinguished scientist. It will be a very great man indeed who ever supplants him.”1
1 Sexton C (1999) Burnet: a life. South Melbourne. Oxford University Press.