Dr. James Wright, a prominent Australian doctor who was known for his appearances on various television programs, died at the age of 94.
He was born in Brisbane and is well-known for his work on radio and television shows. He also wrote medical columns for multiple publications, such as The Herald Sun.
When he was born in 1927, he was known as John Knight. Due to the laws that prevented doctors from using their real names on air, he had to change his name.
Bruce Ferrier, a radio veteran, said that Dr Wright initially wanted to be a journalist, but he decided to become a doctor instead.
Wright started his medical career in rural NSW. He was the only doctor in the area who could cover over 160 kilometers.
After he married Noreen Weslake, he moved back to Sydney and established his medical practice in North Ryde and Eastwood.
He worked as a family doctor in North Ryde until he retired in the middle of the 1980s. He also wrote multiple books.
One of these was his autobiography, which was released at the age of 89. For over 40 years, he presented three-minute health segments on various radio stations across Australia.
His programs ended in September 2021. By then, he had already accumulated over 10,000 episodes.
Wright was also a philanthropist, which is why he and his wife established the Medi-Aid Centre in 1971.
This organization provides low-income seniors with secure accommodations.