Professor David Danks was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1990 for services to medical research. His dual interests in the development of basic understanding of human genetics, and the practical application of this knowledge in clinical genetics, dominated his career.
David was Director of the Murdoch Institute for Research into Birth Defects from 1986 until his retirement in 1995. He also held a number of positions at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Childrens’ Hospital, and its Research Foundation – these included Professor of Paediatrics, Professor of Paediatrics Research, Director of RCM Research Foundation and Reader in Human Genetics. He was also one of the founders of the Paediatrics Research Society of Australia, and the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.