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Biographical entry Sharman, Geoffrey Bruce (1925 - 2015)

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Born
13 January 1925
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died
17 August 2015
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Biologist

Summary

Geoffrey Sharman was Professor of Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, New South Wales 1970-1985. His research was in the area of mammalian evolutionary biology and his work included a description of the multiple sex chromosomes of the Black Tailed Wallaby and the Potoroo. He then went on to describe the phenomenon of dormant blastocysts in the Quokka and to demonstrate that in females kangaroos the paternal X-chromosome is invariably inactivated in somatic tissues. In 1966 Sharman became foundation Professor of Zoology at the University of New South Wales and in 1970 foundation Professor of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

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Born Launceston, Tasmania, 13 January 1925. Educated Universities of Tasmania (BSc (hons) 1952) and Western Australia (DSc 1961). Royal Australian Naval Reserve 1943-46; Research Fellow, University Western Australia 1952-54; Research Fellow, Medical Research Council, Harwell, United Kingdom 1955; Lecturer in Zoology, University of Adelaide 1956-58, Senior Lecturer 1959-61; Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research 1962-63, Senior Principal Research Scientist 1964-65; Foundation Professor of Zoology, University of New South Wales 1966-69; Professor of Biology, Macquarie University 1970-85; Emeritus Professor from 1985. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1980. Chairman, Australian Biological Resources Study Advisory Committee 1984-87.

Events

1943 - 1946
Career position - Served with the Royal Australian Naval Reserve 1943-46
1952
Education - BSc (hons), University of Tasmania
1952 - 1954
Career position - Research Fellow, University Western Australia
1955
Career position - Research Fellow, Medical Research Council, Harwell, United Kingdom
1956
Career position - Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, Royal Veterinary College, London
1957 - 1958
Career position - Lecturer in Zoology, University of Adelaide
1959 - 1961
Career position - Lecturer in Zoology, University of Adelaide
1961
Award - DSc, University of Western Australia
1962 - 1963
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1964 - 1965
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1966 - 1969
Career position - Foundation Professor of Zoology, University of New South Wales
1970
Career position - President, Section 11, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1970 - 1985
Career position - Professor of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
1980 - 2009
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1984 - 1987
Career position - Chairman, Australian Biological Resources Study Advisory Committee 1984-87
1985- -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University

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Journal Articles

  • Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh and Graves, Jennifer A. Marshall, 'Geoffrey Bruce Sharman 1925 - 2015', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 28, no. 1, 2018, pp. 183-93. Details
  • Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh and Graves, Jennifer A. Marshall, 'Geoffrey Bruce Sharman 1925 - 2015', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 29, no. 1, 2018, pp. 183-93. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.