Invitation to attend a memorial service for Emeritus Professor Liam Burke

Friends and colleagues of the late Emeritus Professor Liam Burke are warmly invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate his life and work, to be held at the University of Sydney. 

            Date               Thursday, 29 March 2018

            Time               10.30 am for service, followed by morning tea

            Venue            The Great Hall, main Quadrangle, University of Sydney

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Monday 26 March to

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*Please note that there is very limited parking available on campus.  Please use public transport where possible.  


­Liam Burke’s life to the end was centred on research, with his last paper published in early February, when he died at the age of 95. He first graduated in pharmacy in London and in 1952 completed his BSc degree at University College London (UCL). His intellectual capacities were recognized by Bernard Katz (Nobel Prize, 1970) who took Liam on as one of the only two PhD students he ever accepted at UCL.  Liam was then invited to take up a Senior Lecturer position in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney, in 1956.  In the following years, Liam together with Peter Bishop and a number of outstanding research students and colleagues produced a series of landmark studies on the mechanisms underlying the brain processing of visual information.  When Peter Bishop took up the Chair of Physiology at the ANU, Liam succeeded to the Chair of Physiology in Sydney.  Liam continued to do fine research in neurophysiology for the next 50 years, 30 of them post-retirement. For many years he was Head of the Department of Physiology, and gave great support and encouragement to staff and students.  He was much admired for his integrity, insightful scientific curiosity, great sense of humour, total lack of vanity, and generosity of spirit towards his students and colleagues.