Cedric Stanton Hicks

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Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks (2 June 1892 - 7 February 1976) was an Australian Professor of Human Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide. During World War II Hicks founded the Australian Army Catering Corps and served as its commander from 1943.[1] Hicks worked closely with the Australian Army Catering Corps as an adviser on nutrition and was on the Defence Department's Scientific Advisory Committee as its advisor on foodstuffs.

Hicks was born in Mosgiel, New Zealand; his grandmother, Adelaide Hicks, was a community midwife and nurse in the area.[2] He was educated first in New Zealand and after being awarded a Beit medical research fellowship in 1923, he travelled to England and studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. Under the fellowship he also carried out research in Switzerland, Germany and the United States of America. He took up a fellowship and lectureship at the University of Adelaide in 1926. In January 1927 he was appointed to a new chair of physiology and pharmacology at the University, a post he held until 1957.

In 1972 he published a book on his wartime catering experience under the title, Who called the cook a bastard? He died in Glen Osmond, South Australia.


  1. ^ "Feeding the men". Australia under attack 1942-43: Mobilisation. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Jane (1998). Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago-Southland Biography. Dunedin, New Zealand: Longacre Press. p. 225. ISBN 1 877135 11 9. 

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