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Biographical entry Sharman, Geoffrey Bruce (1925 - )


13 January 1925
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


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.


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.

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  • 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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McCarthy, G.J.