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Carl Wood
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Born (1929-05-28)28 May 1929
Died 23 September 2011(2011-09-23) (aged 82)
Nationality Australian
Scientific career
Fields Medicine
Institutions Monash University

Edwin Carlyle "Carl" Wood, AC CBE FRCS , FRANZCOG (28 May 1929 – 23 September 2011) was a prominent Australian gynaecologist. He gained considerable international and national attention for his wide-ranging contributions in the field of women's health over a period of almost 50 years.


After completing his education at Wesley College, Melbourne he graduated in medicine with honours at Melbourne University in 1952. He then held positions as Research Associate at the Rockefeller Institute in New York, and Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital for Women in London before becoming the Foundation Professor and Chairman of the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Queen Victoria Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in 1964.

Professor Wood received international acclaim in the 1970s for his pioneering work in the fields of obstetric physiology and foetal monitoring as well as in psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology. In 1988 he was recognised with the Axel Munthe Award in Reproductive Science.

Carl Wood held many wide-ranging positions while Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. These included, among others, Foundation Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Family Planning Association of Victoria 1970–72, Chairman Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID) Service, Melbourne Family Medical Centre, Monash University 1976–78, Foundation President of Victorian Association for the Study of Sex Education, Research and Therapy 1982, and President, International Society for Gynaecologic Endoscopy 1997–98. At Monash University, he carried out most of his pioneering work in this field. He also jointly established the Endometriosis Care Clinic of Australia (ECCA) in 1998, a charitable foundation to assist Australian women suffering from this disease.

Professor Wood was an invited speaker at over 90 national and international meetings, and wrote 23 books, 59 chapters and 400 papers in refereed medical and scientific journals.

The Carl Wood Endowment was established by the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to provide funds for the research development of young clinicians. More recently the Carl Wood Chair was established by the same department.

He died on 23 September 2011 after suffering from an Alzheimer's-type dementia.

Honours and awards

Selected Books

  • The Infertile Couple, By Roger J. Pepperell, Bryan Hudson, Carl Wood, 1980, ISBN: 0-443-01727-1
  • Artificial Insemination by Donor, By Carl Wood, Monash University, 1980, ISBN: 0-86746-030-X
  • In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer By Alan O. Trounson, Carl Wood, Published 1984, ISBN: 0-443-02675-0
  • In Vitro Fertilization: By Carl Wood, Ann Westmore, 1987, ISBN: 0-85572-177-4
  • Prematurity, By E. Carl Wood, Victor Y. H. Yu, 1987, ISBN: 0-443-03480-X
  • The A-Z of Pregnancy & Birth, By Michael D. Humphrey, Susan Gumley, Carl Wood, 1989, ISBN: 0-14-012195-1
  • Clinical in Vitro Fertilization, by Carl Wood (Author), Alan O. Trounson (Editor), 1989, ISBN: 0-387-19534-3
  • Illustrated Textbook of Gynaecology, By Eric Vincent Mackay, Norman A. Beischer, Roger J. Pepperell, Carl Wood, 1992, ISBN: 0-7295-1211-8
  • Gynaecological Operative Laparoscopy: Current Status and Future Development, By Carl Wood, David J. Hill, Peter J. Maher, 1994, ISBN: 0-7020-1869-4
  • Infertility: All Your Questions Answered, By Gab Kovacs, Carl Wood, 1996, ISBN: 0-85572-263-0
  • Hysterectomy By Carl Wood, Published 1997, ISBN: 0-7020-2262-4
  • The Treatment of Fibroids, By Carl Wood, 2000, ISBN: 0-85572-305-X

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