Michael Francis Addison

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Michael Francis Addison was born in Mill Hill, London, England back in 1911 to Harold and Margaret.  In 1913, the family moved to Australia where is father took a position as Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Director of the Veterinary Institute at the University of Melbourne. 

Michael attended school at Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne.  He attended Queen’s College specializing in electrical engineering and mathematics.  As he was in college the Great Depression had him concerned about is employment opportunities as an engineer.  He graduated with first-class honors. 

Graduating in 1933, he entered the medical program after passing the primary exam for the Royal College of Surgeons in 1934.  He was one of only four students able to pass the test.  He graduated in 1937, with honors as well as two prizes in surgery.  

He joined the Australian Army Medical Corps during WWII.  I could go on and on about is accomplishments however, I’m running out of space so I’ll cut to the chase. He was captured by the Japanese forces and imprisoned, there he devised an ingenious method of extracting nutrients from agricultural waste to prevent malnutrition among the POW’s.  He in 1960, performed the first kidney transplant in the United Kingdom.   Sir Michael Francis Addison Woodruff is principally remembered for his research in organ transplantation.  He died in 2001 at 89.  Not bad don’t you think form an engineer to a leader in the medical field.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray wow....imagine how many lives were saved by Michael Addison... nice history lesson today, James....now go sell a house...

Jul 18, 2017 04:53 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not bad at all, James.  He was quite the man with a lot of accomplishments as well as sacrifices.

Jul 18, 2017 05:26 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What an amazing person, James. And yet I would bet hardly any of us ever heard of him or his accomplishments.

Jul 18, 2017 05:38 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Michael never lost his curiousity from which many benefited. Enjoy your day!

Jul 18, 2017 05:42 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What an incredible man with a wonderful mind.

Jul 18, 2017 05:43 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

WOW....that is an accomplishment that sooo many people can credit as life saving !

Jul 18, 2017 05:56 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I remember him from the college days.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 18, 2017 06:36 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is truly a pioneer that helped people's lives and what he did as a POW is worth the recognition even if he didn't accomplish other things.

Jul 18, 2017 07:11 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I'll just count that as another learning experience from a fine author. That being you James Dray 

Jul 18, 2017 10:11 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, so many great accomplishments this fine man had in his life and living until 89 is a pretty long time, in my opinion.

Jul 18, 2017 11:06 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When you think of all the organ transplants being done in this day and age, it is nice to know he contributed to it.  A

Jul 18, 2017 01:49 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jul 18, 2017 02:11 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I'll say, not bad! What a brilliant person and look at what he contributed. 

Jul 18, 2017 02:45 PM #13
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

To be THAT person who pioneered organ transplants, what an amazing mind. Not sure if I'd want to eat cow poo but would if it meant surviving James!

Jul 18, 2017 06:40 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I had no idea again, so amazed how you find out and highlight these great people, Endre

Jul 18, 2017 11:38 PM #15
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

What a brilliant mind that definitely did not go to waste. I just wonder what gave him the idea for a transplant in the first place.

Jul 19, 2017 06:52 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Wonderful, wonderful story of a very dedicated life.  God must have been very

happy with Sir Michael Francis Addison Woodruff. 

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