Peter Hurley (doctor)

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Peter John Hurley (6 January 1940 – 16 August 1983)[1] was a New Zealand doctor. He was the first full-time physician in nuclear medicine at Auckland Hospital, 1972 and he established the Department of Nuclear Medicine there 1971-1982.[2] He "was one of the most gifted young physicians of his generation."[3]

Early life[edit]

Hurley was born in Bathurst, New South Wales. His family movied to Auckland when he was four. He was educated at Good Shepherd School, Balmoral and then at St Peter's College[3] where he was Dux in 1956[2] and gained a Junior National University Scholarship. After his intermediate year at the University of Auckland he went to Dunedin and was enrolled at the Otago Medical School. He was president of Aquinas Hall of Residence and on graduation with distinction became a house surgeon and registrar at Auckland Hospital.[3]

Medical career[edit]

In 1968 Hurley was a research fellow in the medical unit, Auckland Hospital and from 1969 for three years research assistant in nuclear medicine and fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. When he returned to Auckland, Hurley developed the department of nuclear medicine and was instrumental in the advancement of the academic reputation of the department of medicine at Auckland Hospital.[3] In 1981 he was awarded the John Hopkins Nuclear Medicine Distinguished Alumnus award.[4]


Hurley was very interested in music and was a pianist. He was also a singer and was a member of the Dorian Singers in Auckland. He participated in two overseas tours with that group. When he was a student he was acted in plays.[3] He died on 16 August 1983 in Auckland at the age of 43.[3][5]


  1. ^ "Hurley, Peter John". New Zealand Herald (Auckland). 18 August 1983. p. 20. 
  2. ^ a b St Peter's College Magazine 1960, p. 79; St Peter's College Magazine 1983, p. 7.
  3. ^ a b c d e f GL Glasgow, "College Roll: Hurley, Peter John, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons", (Retrieved 14 December 2012)
  4. ^ Wagner Jr, Harry J (2006). A Personal History of Nuclear Medicine. London: Springer-Verlag. p. 144. 
  5. ^ "Peter J Hurley". Auckland Star. 17 August 1983. pp. B. 18.