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White, Michael James Denham (1910 - 1983)

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Geneticist and Zoologist
Born: 20 August 1910  London, England.  Died: 16 December 1983  Canberra, Victoria, Australia.
Michael James D. White was Professor of Zoology 1958-64 and then Professor of Genetics 1964-75, University of Melbourne. From 1976 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Population Biology at the Australian National University. He made important contributions to many aspects of cytology and cytogenetics and to evolutionary biology, including speciation theory and systematics.

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Born London, England, 20 August 1910. Died Canberra, 16 December 1983. Educated University of London (BSc (Hons) 1931, MSc 1932, DSc 1940). MSc, University of Melbourne, 1959. Assistant Lecturer in Zoology, University College London 1932-35, Lecturer in Zoology 1935-40; Rockefeller Research Fellow, Columbia University, United States of America 1937-38; Wartime positions as Statistician and Entomologist, British Ministry of Food 1940-45; Reader in Zoology, University of London 1945-47; Guest Investigator, Department of Genetics, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 1947; Professor of Zoology, University of Texas 1947-53; Senior Research Fellow, Genetics Section, Division of Plant Industry, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Canberra 1953-56; Associate Professor, then Professor of Zoology, University of Missouri 1957-58; Professor of Zoology, University of Melbourne 1958-64; Professor of Genetics, University of Melbourne 1964-75; Visiting Fellow, Department of Population Biology, Australian National University 1976-83. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1955, Fellow, Royal Society 1961; Honorary Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1963; Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1965; Foreign Member, American Philosophical Society 1978; Socio Straniero, Accademia Nazionale dei Lencei 1978; Silver Medal for Research, Royal Society of Victoria 1979; Foreign Associate, United States National Academy of Sciences 1981; Linnean Medal for Zoology, Linnean Society of London 1983; Minerva Medal, University of Rome 1983. President, Section D, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1962; President, Genetics Society of Australia 1970-72, Honorary Member 1980; President, Australian Entomological Society 1969-71.
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