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White, Michael James Denham (1910 - 1983)

Prof., DSc (Lond) MSc FAA, FRS
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Geneticist and Zoologist
Born: 20 August 1910  England.  Died: 16 December 1983.

White was Professor of Zoology 1958-64 and then Professor of Genetics 1964 - 1975, 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.

Career Highlights

20 August 1910

Born London, England


Educated University of London BSc (Hons)


University of London, MSc

1932 - 1935

Assistant Lecturer in Zoology, University College London

1935 - 1940

Lecturer in Zoology

1937 - 1938

Rockefeller Research Fellow, Columbia University, United States of America


University of London, DSc

1940 - 1945

Wartime positions as Statistician and Entomologist, British Ministry of Food

1945 - 1947

Reader in Zoology, University of London


Guest Investigator, Department of Genetics, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

1947 - 1953

Professor of Zoology, University of Texas

1953 - 1956

Senior Research Fellow, Genetics Section, Division of Plant Industry, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Canberra


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

1957 - 1958

Associate Professor, then Professor of Zoology, University of Missouri

1958 - 1964

Professor of Zoology, University of Melbourne


MSc, University of Melbourne


Fellow of the Royal Society


President, Section D, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science


Honorary Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1964 - 1975

Professor of Genetics, University of Melbourne


Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1965

1969 - 1971

President, Australian Entomological Society

1970 - 1972

President, Genetics Society of Australia

1976 - 1983

Visiting Fellow, Department of Population Biology, Australian National University


Foreign Member, American Philosophical Society


Socio Straniero, Accademia Nazionale dei Lencei


Silver Medal for Research, Royal Society of Victoria


Honorary Member


Foreign Associate, United States National Academy of Sciences


Minerva Medal, University of Rome


Linnean Medal for Zoology, Linnean Society of London

16 December 1983

Died Canberra

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