Biography of Adrienne Gibbs
'Viruses: dating without fossils?'

Adrian Gibbs lives in Canberra, and enjoys an active retirement chasing balloons (with wife Pat), learning more biology, promoting science, gardening in a sustainable way, and enjoying grandparenthood.

His 39-year career at ANU (John Curtin School of Medical Research 1966-1970; Research School of Biological Sciences 1971-1999; School of Botany and Zoology 2000-2005) was busy and resulted in au thorship/co- au thorship of over 250 publications; mostly research papers but also books and networked publications, including an introductory book on plant virology that was translated into both Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

Throughout his career he has worked to understand the origins and evolution of viruses. This has involved understanding their identification, ecology and host interactions. He pioneered the storage and manipulation of virus data, first as co-founder of the Descriptions of Plant Viruses, then, using computers, founded the Virus Identification and Data Exchange ( VIDE ) database, which became the first component of the database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTVdB).


He was an undergraduate at Imperial College London (1stClass Honours Botany 1956; Forbes Memorial Medallist) and Ph.D. (London) 1961. First he worked at the world's oldest agricultural research station, Rothamsted Experimental Station in the UK, with Fred Bawden as his mentor, then the JCSMR under Frank Fenner. Virus research was only broken by appropriately assisting in university and science administration, and advisory appointments to agencies such as the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Australian Genomic Information Centre (Universityof Sydney), CAB International.

Adrian Gibbs was elected a Fellow of theAustralian Academy of Science in 1993.


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