Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Tate, Ralph (England-Australia 1840-1901)
Ralph Tate's formal education emphasized mining studies, but by the time
he emigrated to Australia in 1875 he had also developed a solid reputation
as an invertebrate paleontologist, and published several botanical works
besides. In Australia his interests further diversified; in addition to
producing important work on the Tertiary stratigraphy of South Australia,
he released some forty works on botanical subjects, another twenty or
so on zoological subjects, and further studies on physical geography and
economic and descriptive geology. Tate also played an important role in
the professionalization of Australian science through his leadership of
various institutions, support of field studies, and teaching at the University.
--born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England, on 11 March 1840.
--educated at the Cheltenham Training College, and Royal School of Mines,
--1861: hired to teach natural science at the Philosophical Institution
--1863: founds the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club
--1864: made assistant curator of the museum of the Geological Society
--1867-1868: mining investigations in Venezuela and Central America
--1871-1874: teaches at mining schools
--1875-1901: occupies the Elder chair of natural science at the University
of Adelaide, Australia
--1880: chief founder of the Royal Society of South Australia; becomes
its first president
--1888: president, biological section, annual meeting of the Australasian
Association for the Advancement of Science
--1893: president, annual meeting of the Australasian Association for
the Advancement of Science, Adelaide
--1894: takes part in the Horn expedition to Central Australia
--dies at North Adelaide, South Australia, on 20 September 1901.
of Biography, Vol. 6 (1976).
Magazine, N.S. Decade IV. Vol. IX (1902): 87-95.
--Trove (National Library of Australia). [online]
of Australian Science. [online]
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