Professor John Rendle-Short A.M., M.A., M.B., B.Chir., M.D. (Cantab.), F.R.C.P., F.R.A.C.P. (19 June 1919–21 January 2010)
Dr T(yndale) John Rendle Short was Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Child Health in the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, a post he held for 24 years.
In 1981 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services in medicine and infantile autism. The obituary in a secular paper, the Suncoast Daily said:
HIS pioneering research into the importance of early childhood autism diagnosis was “remarkable” and praised around the world.
Renowned Professor John Rendle-Short, who retired to Buderim in the late 80s, improved the lives of thousands of families with his passionate dedication to understanding the neuro-biological disorder.
And now his legacy will live on through his great work. …
Autism Queensland chief executive officer Penny Beeston said he was a brilliant man.
‘Prof’, as he was affectionately known, was married to Angel until her death in 2006. They had five daughters and one son, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.