Fellowship:To study the natural environment Availability: Annually Region: South Australia
Richard Rischbieth was born in North Adelaide and was educated at St. Peter’s College. Richard graduated in medicine at Adelaide University in 1950, then pursued his studies in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Western Australia and London Queens Square.
He became MRCP London and MRCP Edinburgh, returning to Australia as a neurologist in 1958, and later serving in the Naval Reserve. He helped to establish the Neurology Unit in the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, being head of unit 1961-1992.
But his lifelong passion was with the natural environment and was connected with scouting and camping throughout his life. He camped on Kangaroo Island, where he and friends supplemented their rations with wallabies, possums and sharks and his interest in bird watching took him to Shetland to study the puffins and to the Alaskan Ice flows.
This Fellowship has been established to honour Richard Rischbieth's achievements and enthusiasm for the natural environment. A large and handsome robber fly was named after Richard following his death which had been recently discovered on Kangaroo Island, where he and his family often holidayed.