Catalogue Number: 2017
Collection of papers related to David M Cockburn OAM
Sub-Category: Collection of papers (People) incl CVs
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Collection of papers to do with David Michael Cockburn, including (1) a profile of David Cockburn published in Clinical and Experimental Optometry in 2003, (2) His obituary published Clinical and Experimental Optometry in 2017 () lists of his publications compiled from PubMed and tsearchy of Australian Journal of Optometry and Clin Exp Optom, (3) records of his publications abstracted in Web of Knowledge and the citations attracted for those publications, (4) list of David Cockburn publications and citations sourced from Google Scholar April 2012 and (5) a reprint of the report of his clinical trial of the scleral tonometer that was published in the British Journal of Physiological Optics in 1958. (6) Two A4 typescript pages being biographical notes written by David Cockburn, undated but after 1976 giving an account of his early adoption of retinal photography, slit lamp biomicroscopy, tonometry and goniscopy as well as his experiences working in the Eye Clinic of the Alfred Hospital and some observations about relationships with ophthalmology during the early decades of his time in practice
Historical Significance: Dr Cockburn qualified in optometry in 1950 and immediately set up his own private practice In Hampton, a suburb of Melbourne. He was one of the most important leaders in the advancement of the scope of optometric practice in the second half of the 20th century. He was the foundation Chairman of the Board of Continuing Education of the Australian College of Optometry 1976 - 1992. He was a distinguished clinical teacher and researcher for over 30 years and was a central figure in the fund raising that enabled the National Vision Research Institute of Australia to be established. He was the foundation Chairman of the Board of the National Vision Research Institute 1971 to 1988. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and an honorary Doctor of Science to recognise his contributions to the expansion of the scope of practice of optometry in Australia through his teaching of optometry students, his leadership and teaching in continuing education for practising optometrists and his published writings. He obtained a Masters degree by research and published over 60 papers.
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5