Alan Marchant Downes

By Helen WolffOctober 11th, 2021

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Alan Marchant Downes was born on 6th January 1926 and received his M.Sc. degree from the University of Sydney.

In late 1964, Downes took study leave and left Australia to travel to United States where he spent a year working working with Professor A. G. Matolsty at Boston University studying the biosynthesis of keratin. During this period, Mr Downe attended the Third International Wood Textile Conference in Paris and visited research centres in the UK.

On his return to CSIRO, Downes worked on sheep shedding their fleece without shearing. Used radioactive isotopes and electron microscope.


  • Henderson R, 2021, Personal communication.
  • CoResearch no. 69 (December 1964), p. 4