Vale Ruth Bishop

Prof Ruth Bishop AC DSc PhD FRACP(Hon)
12 May 1933 – 12 May 2022

Formerly Principal Research Fellow NHMRC: Hon Fellow MCRI


The President and Executive are deeply saddened by the death last week of Ruth Bishop, who was a microbiologist / virologist of international renown. Her research, in The Royal Children’s Hospital Research Institute, into infantile gastro-enteritis led to the discovery of Rotavirus in 1973 and her ongoing research identified a strain of the virus in children who did not display rotavirus symptoms. This led eventually (after more than 30 years of work) to the development of a Rotavirus Vaccine. Her dedication to the cause and treatment of rotavirus became her life’s work, for which she was awarded an AO and later an AC.

We extend our condolences to her children Tom, Anne and Michael and their families.

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