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From Kalgoorlie ward to Nobel award

Presenter: Helen Wolfenden

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Barry Marshall: Nobel Prize-winning gastroenterologist, physician, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder native (Image: ABC TV)

From sports stars to politicians, the Goldfields have produced many people who have gone on to great things and now that list includes someone with global plaudits and a rare award.

With the announcement of UWA researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren as recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, due to their work identifying bacteria rather than stress as the cause of stomach ulcers, Western Australia had reason to celebrate, and so did Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Barry Marshall was born in the Goldfields city in 1951. "That was the golden era of people born in Kalgoorlie-Boulder," laughs Mayor Ron Yuryevich, who may just have a personal connection with that date.

Ron reflects that Marshall "sounds typically like a Goldfielder: can do attitude and doesn't give up very easy."

Indeed, Ron believes the award of the Nobel Prize is "another feather in the cap: if you're born in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, that's what you can aspire to.

"Certainly it's something I'll be making comment (on) in many, many years to come in regards to important people, people that have achieved in their areas, that have come out of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Just by the fact that he has acknowledged Kalgoorlie-Boulder, that's great, and great for all we stand for."

there's a lot of people that have achieved great things born in Kalgoorlie-Boulder 


Indeed, with his birthplace appearing on biographies and in articles all around the world, it should certainly help recognition of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. And the work that put Marshall himself on the global map has helped people right here too. As Ron shares, "I've known personally of quite a few people that have been cured because of (Marshall and Warren's) work."

So, what with the City set to welcome a Sporting Hall of Fame, what about a Medical Hall of Fame? Ron has a chuckle at the thought before adding, "You never know, if that ever happens it means something's good in the water here. But, look, there's a lot of people that have achieved great things that are born in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and this certainly tops it off as far as I'm concerned!"

Ron Yuryevich reflected on the local angle to the Nobel Prize for Medicine recipients on the ABC Goldfields-Esperance Local Morning program with Helen Wolfenden.


City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich reflects on a Kalgoorlie-born Nobel Prize winner

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Last Updated: 6/10/2005 1:08:00 PM AWST

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