Nature, Nurture and Chance

Nature, Nurture and Chance

The Lives of Frank and Charles Fenner

Authored by: Frank Fenner

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Judging by the numbers of newspaper reviews, biographies (including autobiographies) are amongst the most common literary works published these days. However, it is uncommon to find one book that combines a biography and an autobiography, as this book, Nature, Nurture and Chance: The Lives of Frank and Charles Fenner, does. As the author, Frank Fenner, sees it, ‘nature’ means the combination of genes that we inherit from our parents; ‘nurture’ means the way that our physical and social environment, especially during childhood, influence our mental and emotional characteristics; and chance is defined as ‘the way things fall out’. These three elements define the careers of all human beings. The author uses them to compare his father’s life and his own.

Details

ISBN (print):
9781920942625
ISBN (online):
9781920942632
Publication date:
Jul 2006
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.22459/NNC.07.2006
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography
Countries:
Australia

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Part I. The Life of Frank Fenner

  1. Childhood, 1914 to 1932 (PDF, 478KB)
  2. The University Years, 1933 to 1940 (PDF, 302KB)
  3. The War Years, May 1940 to February 1946 (PDF, 673KB)
  4. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1946 to 1948; Rockefeller Institute, 1948 to 1949 (PDF, 113KB)
  5. Professor of Microbiology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, 1949 to 1967: Administrative and Domestic Arrangements (PDF, 1.4MB)
  6. Professor of Microbiology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, 1949 to 1967: Research (PDF, 648KB)
  7. Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, 1967 to 1973 (PDF, 198KB)
  8. Activities Associated with the Australian Academy of Science (PDF, 133KB)
  9. Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, 1973 to 1979 (PDF, 186KB)
  10. Smallpox and its Eradication, 1969 to 1980 (PDF, 657KB)
  11. Visiting Fellow, John Curtin School of Medical Research, From 1980 (PDF, 389KB)

Part II. The Life of Charles Fenner

  1. The Fenner Lineage (PDF, 979KB)
  2. Childhood, University, Marriage and Family (PDF, 981KB)
  3. Charles Fenner, the Educational Administrator (PDF, 562KB)
  4. Overseas Trips, Diary Extracts on Education (PDF, 230KB)
  5. The Scientist and Science Communicator (PDF, 805KB)
  6. Overseas Trips, Diary Extracts on Science (PDF, 465KB)
  7. Reflections, Frank Fenner (PDF, 154KB)

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