Dean retires after eminent 31 year career

July 11, 2017

Retiring: Professor David Hampson will leave Murdoch University after 31 years.

The Dean of Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences has announced his retirement.

Professor David Hampson will leave Murdoch in September after a distinguished career which has seen him recognised globally for his contribution to research and science.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, paid tribute to the significant contribution Professor Hampson has made to Murdoch University across four decades.

“Professor Hampson is one of our longest serving and most dedicated senior members of staff,” Professor Leinonen said.

“David has been a wonderful leader of Murdoch’s biggest school over the last five years, bringing understanding and cohesion to this multi-faceted area.

“He joined Murdoch in 1986 as a lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology and was promoted to professor in 2000.

“In recent years, his research has been focused on developing new vaccines and diagnostic tests for use in controlling disease in pigs and poultry.

“I would like to thank David for his incredible contribution to Murdoch University. He will be greatly missed.”

Professor Hampson was brought up in the UK and Australia, graduating as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1979.

As a student, he received many prizes and awards and on graduation, he was immediately appointed as a lecturer.

He then moved on to the University of Cambridge for a year and in 1983, completed a PhD in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol.

After working as a Veterinary Investigation Officer in the UK and then as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Virology at Massey University in New Zealand, he started work as a Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology at Murdoch University in September 1986.

Over his 31 years at Murdoch University, Professor Hampson has taught Microbiology to Veterinary, Animal Science and Biomedical Science students and has conducted research into bacterial diseases of pigs, poultry and human beings.

During his career, David named a bacterium for the University: Brachyspira murdochii.

More recently, colleagues in the US named another emerging pig pathogen after him in recognition of his contributions to Brachyspira research: Brachyspira hampsonii.

He has published over 600 scientific articles and supervised 31 PhD students.

Professor Hampson’s work has been acknowledged by receipt of Fellowships from the Australian Society for Microbiology, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In 1998, Professor Hampson was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree from the University of London.

Other awards include the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Award from the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists for outstanding contributions to Veterinary Science, and the Frank Fenner Research Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology in recognition of distinguished contributions to Microbiology Research in Australia.

Professor Hampson has also received the G. Norman Hall Gold Medal from the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) for outstanding research into Animal Diseases, and the Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for distinguished and sustained research achievements.

The Vice Chancellor has announced that Professor Hampson will be awarded an Emeritus Professorship at Murdoch University to allow him to continue his research after he has officially retired.

Replacing Professor Hampson as Dean of Veterinary and Life Sciences in an acting capacity will be Professor Richard Harper, Chair in Sustainable Water Management.

Professor Harper leads agricultural sciences in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and will be the national chair of the Australian Council of Agriculture Deans in 2018.

“Professor Harper brings a wealth of experience as an academic, industry and research leader to the Dean’s role and we wish him every success,” Professor Leinonen said.

Professor Harper will assume the role of Acting Dean in October for a period of six months.

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Comments (2 responses)

Phillip Arena July 11, 2017

Congratulations on a very distinguished career Dave! I have no doubt you will continue to contribute excellent research throughout your retirement!

Best wishes


Ian July 17, 2017

Congradulations on a prosperous career Professor Hampson. It would apppear that yor retirement is well earnt Congradulations. Ian.

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