Dr. C. H. Kellaway M.C., F.R.S., director-in-chief of the Wellcome Research Institution since 1944, died on Saturday in London. His contributions to medical research gave him a high reputation.

Charles Halliley Kellaway was born on January 16, 1889 the son of the Rev. Alfred Charles Kellaway and was educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and Melbourne University. After qualification he acted as resident medical officer and as medical registrar at the Melbourne Hospital, and in 1914 was appointed resident medical tutor at Trinity College Melbourne. In 1915 he was acting professor of anatomy at Adelaide University, but he soon entered the Australian Army Medical Corps and spent three years with the expeditionary forces. In 1919 he returned to Adelaide as acting professor of physiology, but in 1919 he came to England as a Foulerton research student of the Royal Society, and worked for three years at the Natioal Institute for Medical Research at Oxford, and at University College, London.

He returned to Melbourne in 1923 on being appointed director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Research in Pathology, and the 21 years which he spent at the head of this famous institution were the most fruitful and the happiest of his career. While acting as director of the "Walter and Eliza" he also held the post of specialist physician to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. During this Melbourne period he carried out important researches on the adrenal glands, anaphylaxis and immunity, renal infection, hydatid disease, staphylococcal toxin, and Australian snake venoms.


In 1940 he was appointed director of pathology at the Australian Army Headquarters, a post he held until 1942, and in 1944 he was advanced to the rank of brigadier. In 1944 he became director-in-chief of the Wellcome Research Institution in Euston Road, London. Kellaway acted as chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the fatalities attending the immunization of children against diphtheria at Bundaberg, Queensland in 1928 and as chairman of the State Cancer Advisory Committee in 1929.

He married in 1919 Miss Eileen Ethel Scantlebury by whom he had three sons.

THE TIMES DEC 19, 1952


B. I. writes:-
Those who worked with Charles Kellaway will remember him not so much for his wide scientific knowledge, his wise appraisal of problems in research, or for his own achievements in those fields to which he contributed notably, as for his great human qualities. His kindly understanding, his sincere concern with the worries of others, and his self-effacing thoughtfulness ensured him a place in the hearts of his collegues and of those whom he so unobtrusively helped.

A great fisherman, he was never so happy as when, a favourite rod in hand, he settled quietly to coaxing a sizable trout out of hopeless water which others had long rejected as barren of fish. In spite of the restricted leisure of his later years in London, he would still slip off whenever possible to do battle with the shy and over-educated trout of a difficult Hertfordshire stream, but it was when conversation turned to his beloved Australian rivers that his face really lit up.

He was a born raconteur, though his reluctance to hold the floor was the despair of those friends who sought to hear more of his fund of entertaining and often whimsical stories. No unkind thought ever occurred to him, no ungenerous word was ever spoken by him, and he will remain in the minds of all who knew him as one of the finest and kindest of human beings - an epitaph which few can deserve so well.

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