Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Whitley, Gilbert Percy (England-Australia
Gilbert Whitley's contributions to natural history
seem to have been just about as many-directioned as humanly possible.
As a museum administrator he is credited with building the research collection
in the Department of Fishes at the Australian Museum into a major resource;
he also performed a variety of executive, editorial, and bibliographic
functions for several different professional societies. He published over
five hundred writings, and these ran the gamut of length and purpose,
from reviews and encyclopedia entries to popular pieces and scores of
technical descriptions of new species. More than half of his works concerned
fish, but he also wrote a good deal on other natural history subjects,
plus many historical and bibliographic ones. He was considered a fine
illustrator, and made use of this talent frequently. Last but not least,
he traveled a good deal, whether for leisure or to capture specimens in
the field, or to attend conferences.
--born in Swathling, Hampshire, on 9 June 1903.
--1921: the Whitley family moves to Sydney,
--1922: joins the staff of the Australian Museum
under Allan R. McCulloch
--1923-1924: studies zoology at the University
--1926-1964: ichthyologist in charge at the
Department of Fishes, Australian Museum
--1936: a founding member of the Society for
the Bibliography of Natural History
--1942-1946: assists the CSIRO Division of Fisheries
in the war effort, investigating edible fish resources
--1947-1971: serves as editor of the publications
of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
--1963-1964: president, Linnean Society of New
--1967: receives the Australian Natural History
--1968: publishes "A Checklist of the Fishes
Recorded from the New Zealand Region" in Australian Zoologist
--1970: receives the Clarke Medal from
the Royal Society of New South Wales
--1972: president, Australian Society of Fish
--1973-1975: third term as president of the
Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
--dies at Sydney, Australia, on 18 July 1975.
--Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South
Wales, Vol. 101 (Memoral Series No. 23) (1977): 256-260.
--Australian Zoologist, Vol. 19(1)
--Copeia, (4) (1975): 792-793.
--Australian Dictionary of Biography,
Vol. 16 (2002): 542-543.
--Trove (National Library of Australia). [online]
of Australian Science. [online]
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