Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Beirne, Bryan (Ireland-Canada 1918-1998)

By the middle of Bryan Beirne's career he was an international leader in the field of pest management science. Initially trained as a zoologist with a firm background in insect taxonomy, he later became involved in insect ecology and agricultural ecology studies. He was an early advocate of biological control methods. Beirne additionally had many successes as a teacher and administrator to his credit, did consulting work, and published fifteen monographs and more than one hundred fifty technical papers. Many of these were either directly or peripherally related to biogeographical kinds of study.

Life Chronology

--born in Rosslare, Wexford, Ireland, on 22 January 1918.
--1940: Ph.D., Trinity College, University of Dublin
--1942-1949: assistant director, University of Dublin Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy
--1943-1949: lecturer in entomology, University of Dublin
--1949: moves to Canada; hired as research scientist, Canada Department of Agriculture, Ottawa
--1952: publishes his The Origin and History of British Fauna
--1955: made director, Research Institute for Biological Control, Belleville, Ontario
--1967-1979: joins Simon Fraser University to establish a centre for pest management; serves as its first director
--1968: publishes his Pest Management
--1979: receives gold medal of the Entomological Society of Canada
--1979-1983: dean of graduate studies, Simon Fraser University
--1983: retires and is made professor emeritus
--1985: publishes his Irish Entomology: The First 100 Years
--1993: given the chairman's award for career achievement by the Science Council of British Columbia
--dies at Burnaby, British Columbia, on 28 March 1998.

For Additional Information, See:

--Boreus, Newsletter of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vol. 18(1) (1998): 2-3.
--Canadian Who's Who, Vol. 31 (1996).

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