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Diana Brown: Researching the Unconventional Career of Dr Muriel Bell

Diana Brown’s recent biography of Dr Muriel Bell relied heavily on the Hocken Library’s collection of papers from Otago Medical School. Diana will share her experiences in researching in the archives on the life of this prominent Dunedin doctor, scientist and scholar. Dr Bell’s Papers joined the register for New Zealand’s Memory of the World in 2020.

Diana will talk about Dr Bell’s views on public health and personal health in New Zealand in the 1920s-1970s. A pioneering woman scientist, Muriel Bell devoted her life to nutrition research from a public health perspective. As the first appointed state nutritionist, she investigated nutritional problems unique to New Zealanders. Her contribution to the success of public health initiatives in the mid-20th century included promoting good nutrition, quality assurance of school milk and campaigning for water fluoridation.

Diana Brown graduated from Otago with a Master’s degree in History in 2006. She focused on the history of public health research at Otago Medical School. Otago University Press published her biography of Dr Muriel Bell in 2018.

Date Thursday, 11 February 2021
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University,Allied health professionals,Alumni
Event Type Public Lecture
LocationHocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Contact NameHocken Library
Contact Phone+64 3 479 8868

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