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.