Born: In 1937 at Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Primary & Secondary Education; Geelong Grammar School, Corio, Victoria


BSc, Melbourne University, March 1958 (major in geology)

MB. BS, Monash University, December 1966

PhD, Monash University, May 1973 (sleep disorders medicine)

1958-60.Geologist, Geological Survey of Victoria, Melbourne
1961, Experimental Officer, CSIRO Protein Chemistry Division, Melbourne
1967, Junior Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1968, Senior Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1969-71, NHMRC Research Fellow, Monash University Medical School, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1972-73, Edward Wilson Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1973, Research Fellow, Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
1974-76, Scientific Staff, MRC Environmental Physiology Unit, London School of  Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
1977-88, Private medical practitioner, Melbourne
1988-2002, Founding Director, Sleep Disorders Unit, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne
1998-, Adjunct Professor, School of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, now the School of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
2002-, Founder, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Optalert Pty Ltd. Melbourne

Scholarships and Awards

NH&MRC Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 1969-1971, at Department of Surgery,
Monash University Medical School, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

Edward Wilson Fellowship, 1972, at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, and 1973, at Clinical Neurophysiology Program and Brain Research Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.


Dr Johns’ and his wife Penelope (Penny) have two married daughters (Diana and Fleur) and 5 grandchildren, some of whom live in Melbourne (Nina, Hannah, and Saskia) and some in Sydney (Arlo and Claude). Dr Johns plays tennis regularly. Although previously a nurse and then a bookseller, Penny is active as an amateur ornithologist with Birds Australia, especially with Victorian Waders Study Group.