Roman Lecture

The W. Roman Travelling Lectureship

This annual lectureship, created in 1971, is awarded annually by the Australasian Association of ClinicalBiochemists to commemorate Dr Wadim Roman who played a major role in the founding of the Association in 1961 and was President from 1964 to 1966.

Dr Roman had a remarkable career in chemistry and clinical biochemistry. He was born in Manchuria and educated in Berlin where he obtained his PhD. He entered clinical biochemistry in 1928 but was forced to flee to Holland in 1937 to escape Nazi persecution. There, he co-founded the journal "Enzymologia" and later became Editor-in-Chief. In 1939, Dr Roman worked with Dr E J King at the Post-Graduate Medical School, London and during the war was an analyst in a cotton firm. After the war he became Chief Analyst with a British petrochemical company during which he participated in the design of instruments leading to the development of the gas chromatograph.

In 1953 Dr Roman was appointed as the Head of Division of Biochemistry at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, a position he held until his retirement in 1969. He recommenced work in Adelaide as Director of Laboratories at the Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital and did so until shortly before his death in 1972. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 1971 by Humboldt University, Berlin. He was a Foundation Fellow of the Association and widely respected in Australia and overseas.

The Roman Travelling Lectureship perpetuates Dr Roman's efforts in promoting clinical biochemistry. The lecturers are chosen on the basis of their contributions to the field and their interest in the education of clinical biochemists. The lecturer visits each Australian State and New Zealand and delivers the Roman Lecture to that Branch of the Association. His or her main task however, is to meet with members of the profession, especially clinical biochemists in training and discuss their work. This is in keeping with Dr Roman's idea that the future of clinical biochemistry lies in encouraging and attracting good, young scientists into the field.

Dr Roman & Staff in the Biochemistry Dept. of the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide SA.