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Basil Stuart Hetzel, AC (13 June 1922 – 4 February 2017) was an Australian medical researcher. He was best known for his work in the fight against iodine deficiency. The disease is a major cause of goitre and cretinism around the world. He studied and worked at the University of Adelaide.

Hetzel was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He and his first wife, Mary Helen Eyles, had five children. She died in 1980 from cancer. He later married Anne Fisher in 1983.

Hetzel died on 4 February 2017 at the age of 94.

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