Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM has had a distinguished career as a clinical immunologist. Recently retired from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Newcastle – where he served as Foundation Chair of Pathology – Professor Clancy maintains an active role in immunological research and practice. He is the Director of the Hunter Immunology Unit (Hunter Area Pathology Service, Hunter Area Health Service) and Director of the innovative Immunological research company, Hunter Immunology Pty. Ltd (currently developing oral vaccines to prevent mucosal infection). Currently he is developing a ‘History of Medicine’ course through the College of Physicians.
Alongside his professional medical interests, Professor Clancy has long been involved in historical research, particularly in the areas of medical history and cartographic history. Professor Clancy has been awarded an AM for service to cartography as a collector of early maps of Australia, and to the field of immunology. He has written two books on the mapping of Australia and Antarctica (The Mapping of Terra Australis and So Came They South), has served as the International Secretary of IMCoS (International Map Collectors Society), curated several History of Cartography exhibitions and organised international conferences and seminars on the history of antique maps.