Basil Hetzel’s research supported the use of iodised salt as an easy way to ensure adequate dietary iodine intake.
Public health pioneer Basil Hetzel died on February 4 2017. Among other career highlights, he identified the most common cause of preventable brain damage: dietary iodine deficiency.
Sir Peter Mansfield - even better than a rocket scientist.
University of Nottingham
While Peter Mansfield didn’t have the career as a rocket scientist he craved, his contribution to humanity has been immense.
Hans Rosling was a fantastically entertaining presenter.
The world has lost a fantastic statistician at a time when the communication of facts is crucial.
Shirley Hazzard enchanted readers with her meticulously crafted prose.
Photograph of Shirley Hazzard by Roberto Pane
Shirley Hazzard, who passed away this week, was one of the great prose stylists of the last 50 years. A deeply intellectual autodidact, she championed the public duty of writers and the pleasure of reading.
Georgia Blain: Her work draws attention to the tiny incandescent moments that make up our lives.
The Australian writer Georgia Blain, who died last week, wrote extraordinary portraits of family relationships, in luminous prose, with devastating insight. And when she became ill, she wrote about her cancer.
Tile detail of RMIT’s Building 8, one of Peter Corrigan’s most famous designs.
Peter Corrigan, one of Australia's most influential architects, died last week. A man of endless enthusiasm and curiosity, he shaped Melbourne's cityscape and influenced a generation of architects.
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Cohen's label declined to release the album containing Hallelujah, a song that has now inspired over 300 versions.
Satirical, absurdist playwright Dario Fo dead aged 90.
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Over a lifetime's work, Dario Fo stood tall and would not bow to either artistic or political compromise.
Pages one and two of issue 31 of OZ magazine.
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Richard Neville was a man of his times: a smart-alec student in the 60s; a drug-smoking hippie on trial in the 70s; to a family man, writer and public speaker in the 80s and 90s.
His extraordinary talent was most evident as his 'straight guys' became increasingly deranged.
Filmmaker Paul Cox pictured with actor David Wenham in 2012.
Editing a movie beside the late, great Paul Cox was like attending 'a one on one' film school. The growling auteur was a brilliantly stubborn man, who treated film with reverence and wore his heart on his sleeve.
Various boxing authorities have ranked Muhammad Ali as the best heavyweight boxer in history.
Central to the celebrity Muhammad Ali achieved was his exceptional ability as a boxer.
The creator of Neighbours has passed away at 92…past and present cast members take a selfie at the 30th anniversary party in 2015.
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Reg Grundy, who has died at 92, was an Australian TV mogul who never owned a TV station. He did for TV content what Ford did for car production - marketing a product of proven appeal to people around the world.
One of Victoria Wood’s recurring themes was television, something that until recently, held the nation together. As such, she is the consummate English comic.
A detailed look at one of the musician's most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Prince singing at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Prince's relationships with women as expressed in his songs were complex. But by performing so lustfully, he granted everyone permission for pleasure.
Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, 2010.
Despite Prince's many transformations – musically and visually – he extended his signature energy over 39 albums. His broad sonic church attracted fans from every walk of life.
Prince performs during halftime show of the NFL’s Super Bowl, 2007.
Prince changed the music world. He pioneered a collision of styles: new wave, rock, funk and jazz and created a trademark sound.
The author of 'Where Are the Women Architects?' explores the significance of losing Hadid in a field where female role models are few and far between.
Zaha Hadid’s ongoing Australian projects and draft designs will attract plenty of attention in the future.
London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid. Artur Salisz
Celebrated architect Zaha Hadid, who died last week, had three projects on the go in Australia. Will there be a surge of interest in her work - as has happened to other architects who have died prematurely?