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Whitley, Gilbert Percy (1903 - 1975)

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Icthyologist and Entomologist
Born: 9 June 1903  Swaythling, England.  Died: July 1975  Mosman, New South Wales, Australia.
Gilbert Percy Whitley was Curator of Ichthyology at the Australian Museum from 1922 to 65, but he also had a passion for entomology. The fish of New Zealand, New Guinea and the South Pacific were of particular interest to him as were the insects of Tasmania, Eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island which he collected widely. Throughout his illustrious career, Whitley published over 500 works and assisted A. Musgrave in compiling the Bibliography of Australian Entomology 1775-1930 (1932). He also served on the councils of the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Anthropological Society of New South Wales and on the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Whitley was President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (on three separate occasions) and the Linnean Society of New South Wales. He retired in September 1964, but continued his research and field trips.

Career Highlights

1921Migrated to Australia (Sydney) with his family
1922 - 1925Staff member of the Australian Museum in Sydney
1925 - 1964Ichthyologist, then Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum
1934 - Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1936Joint-Founder of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History
1940 - 1941President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1942 - 1946Seconded to the Division of Fisheries at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
1959 - 1960President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1963 - 1964President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1967Australian Natural History Medallion received from the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
1970Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1973 - 1974President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

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Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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