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    Chapman, Frederick Portrait

13 February 1864
Camden Town, London, England
10 December 1943
Kew, Victoria, Australia


Frederick Chapman was Palaeontologist to the National Museum, Melbourne from 1902-1927 and served as the first Commonwealth Palaeontologist 1927-1935.


Born Camden Town, London, 13 February 1864. Died Kew, Victoria, 10 December 1943. Educated as a teacher of geology and physiography, Royal College of Science, London. Assistant to Professor J.W. Judd, geology department, Royal College of Science, London from 1881, becoming interested in the Foraminifera, eventually becoming a world authority on them; palaeontologist, National Museum, Melbourne 1902-27; part-time lecturer in palaeontology, University of Melbourne 1920-32; honorary palaeontologist, Geological Survey of Victoria from 1920; honorary curator, Maranoa wildflower gardens; first Commonwealth palaeontologist 1927-35; honorary palaeontologist, National Museum from 1936. Lyell Prize for research, Geological Society, London 1899; David Syme research prize, University of Melbourne 1920; Lyell Medal, Geological Society, London 1930; W.B. Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1932; Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria 1941. President, Microscopical Society 1919-20; president, Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria 1919-20; President, Royal Society of Victoria 1929-30. Published five books, including "The Foraminifera. An Introduction to the Study of the Protozoa" (London, 1902).


Award - Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalist Club of Victoria

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  • 'Obituary: Frederick Chapman', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 6, no. 4, 1944, p. 122. Details

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