Vale Professor David Cooper AC

The George Institute for Global Health mourns the loss of Professor David Cooper AC, a great Australian scientist and researcher, who sadly passed away in March this year, and celebrates his achievements and contribution to health and science.

Professor Cooper was an accomplished academic with a Scientia Professorship of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science and as Director of the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society. He dedicated his life to researching the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.

Professor Cooper was an advocate for the health of people in low– and middle-income countries, in particular advocating for the importance of addressing effective and efficient delivery methods of treatments to patients.

His accomplishments in public health will have a long lasting, global impact for many years to come.

In 2016, The George Institute honoured him with the John Yu Medal in recognition of his lifelong work in championing health as a fundamental human right for all. Most recently, in early June 2018, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The Kirby Institute is hosting a memorial today, Thursday 14 June, for Professor Cooper. Watch it here.

Vale Professor Cooper.