The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

CV of Stanley "Bryan" Furnass AM


Click here to view Bryan's presentation on The Anthropocene and its Discontents

Personal details

Born in Manchester, UK, 16/09/1927. Married, with five children and seven grandchildren

Educational background

Manchester Grammar School (1938-1945)
Oxford University Medical School (1945-49) (Merton College)
Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1949-51)


BM , BCh, MA, DM (Oxon), FRCP (Lond), FRACP


1952-3 House physician, Middlesex Hospital (general medicine, cardiology, neurology)
1953-55 National Service, RAMC (West Africa)
1955 House physician, London Chest Hospital
1955-56 Registrar in chest medicine, Worthing Group Hospitals, W Sussex
1957-58 Medical Registrar, Professorial Department of Medicine, Middlesex Hospital
1959 Research Assistant, Department of Medicine, Middlesex Hospital
1960-61 Physician to Goulburn Medical Clinic, NSW
1961-66 Consultant physician in private practice, Canberra
1966-91 Foundation Director, ANU Health Service


About 30 articles, 1959-2011

In various medical journals –Journal of Physiology; Medical Journal of Australia; Australasian Annals of Medicine; Australian Academy of Science; Sports Medicine Journal; Postgraduate Committee in Medicine, University of NSW; Proc Aust. and NZ Student Services Assocn; British Student Health association.

Books, conference proceedings and reports

Report on some aspects of drug consumption in Canada, The United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, The United States of America and Australia to Sir John Crawford, Vice Chancellor (1970); Changes in Non-Infectious Diseases Associated with the Processes of Civilisation, in The Impact of Civilisation on the Biology of Man (1970, Ed. SV Boyden); Changing Patterns of Health and Disease, in The Magic Bullet (1976, Ed M Diesendorf); Adaptation, Ancient and Modern, in Impact of the Environment and Lifestyle on Human health (1977, Ed with M Diesendorf); Metabolic Studies in Obesity (1978, DM Thesis); Health in the Tropics – a survival guide for travellers and field workers (1990,RSPacS); Survival, Health and Wellbeing into the Twenty First Century (1996, Convenor and Ed); Academy of Science Florey Centenary Symposium on Infectious Diseases (1998,Ed.); Bad Bugs – People and Infectious Diseases (2000, Ed); Good Grub –Food for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet (2002, Convenor and Ed of preceding internet conference); In Search of sustainability (2004, Co-convenor and Ed. of preceding internet conference, with Jenny Goldie and Bob Douglas); Making Canberra Sustainable (2005, Convenor and Ed., Manning Clark House); Entropy, climate change and health – how shall we adapt? (21 November 2007: Emeritus Faculty events); A case for easier deaths and natural burials (1 July 2009: Emeritus Faculty Events); Pandora’s Box (October 2010: Independent Scholars of Australia Association); The Anthropocene and its Discontents (8 September 2011, Friends of the Australian National Gardens).

Letters and articles to Editors, 1961-2011

Sundry letters to The Lancet and Guardian Weekly; several articles and many letters to The Canberra Times

Professional Associations

Life Member, Nature and Society Forum; Life Member, Australia and new Zealand Student Services Association; Life Member, Manning Clark House; Member, Doctors for the Environment Australia; Member, Medical Association for the Prevention of War; Member, Strategic Council, The Climate Institute

Enduring Interests

Climate change; Gardening; Sustainability