Derek Denton

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Professor Emeritus
Derek Denton
Born (1924-05-27) 27 May 1924 (age 92)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Australian
Fields Animal consciousness
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Notable awards Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture
Order of Australia
Spouse Dame Margaret Scott (m. 1953)
Children Two

Derek Ashworth Denton AC FRS (born 27 May 1924) is an Australian scientist known for his research exploring the nature of consciousness in animals.[citation needed]

He is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Howard Florey Institute,[1] Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, a consultant at the Baker Research Institute. Denton's latest book is The Primordial Emotions: The Dawning of Consciousness.[2]

In 1987 he was awarded the Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture by the Australian Academy of Science for his lifetime's work [3] and in 1999 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London [4] He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005 for leadership in medical research.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Derek Denton has been married since 1953 to Dame Margaret Scott.[6][7]


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  2. ^ "Hon degree to Derek Denton". UniNews. 18 September 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Derek Denton-Biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Order of Australia Companion in the General Division" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette Special. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "The mind game". The Age. 8 Oct 2003. 
  7. ^ "Dame Margaret Scott, DBE" (PDF). Victorian Honour Roll of Women. 2001. 

External links[edit]

  • "Derek Denton". In conversation. ABC Radio National. 8 February 2007.  audio and transcript of interview