It is with sadness that the Department of Pharmacology and Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences announces the recent passing of Professor Alan Boura (1927-2015).
Professor Boura was the Foundation Professor of Pharmacology at Monash University (1975-1990) and integral in establishing and championing the discipline of pharmacology at Monash and within Australia. He was an engaging lecturer, enthralling medical and science students with his anecdotes and passion for research and learning. Professor Boura was educated at University College, London where he obtained his BSc (1954) and PhD (1967). He also had a distinguished research career publishing more than 130 manuscripts on the pharmacology of analgesics, the treatment of high blood pressure and reproductive biology.
Professor Boura was Head of the Pharmacology Department at the Reckitt & Colman Research laboratories (1965-1969) and Principal Scientist and Head of Pharmacology at the Wellcome Research laboratories (1970-1975). Professor Boura was awarded a Doctor of Science from the University of London in 1979, honorary life membership of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists in 1996, a Fellow ad eundum of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1997 and an honorary Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society in 2000.