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Biographical entry Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881 - 1951)

Born
9 December 1881
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Died
30 August 1951
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Biologist and Parasitologist

Summary

Harvey Johnston was Professor of Biology, University of Queensland 1919- 1922 and Controller of the Commonwealth Prickly Pear Laboratories 1920-1923. He was Professor of Zoology, University of Adelaide from 1922 and travelled to Antarctica with Douglas Mawson 1929-1931.

Details

T. Harvey Johnston was a biologist and parasitologist whose expertise in helminths was recognised world-wide, and who was integral to early efforts to control prickly pear. He was the first Lecturer in biology appointed to the University of Queensland and the first Professor of Zoology at University of Adelaide, 1922 - 1951, while concurrently Professor of Botany, 1928 - 1934. Between 1929 and 1931 he was Chief Zoologist of the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition under Douglas Mawson. He made numerous collecting trips into outback South Australia with John Cleland 1929 - 1937. The Australian Helminth Collection assembled by Johnston was bequeathed to South Australian Museum.

Events

1906
Education - BA, University of Sydney
1907
Education - MA, University of Sydney
1909 - 1911
Career position - Assistant Microbiologist, New South Wales Department of Health
1911
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1911 - 1918
Career position - Lecturer in Charge, Department of Biology, University of Queensland
1913
Award - David Syme Prize, University of Melbourne
1915 - 1916
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
1916 - 1917
Career position - President, Queensland Naturalists Club
1919 - 1922
Career position - Professor of Biology, University of Queensland
1920 - 1923
Career position - Controller, Commonwealth Prickly Pear Laboratories
1922 - 1951
Career position - Professor of Zoology, University of Adelaide
1928 - 1934
Career position - Professor of Botany, University of Adelaide
1929 - 1931
Career position - Chief Zoologist, British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition
1935
Award - Sir Joseph Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia
1939
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

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Archival resources

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • Thomas Harvey Johnston - Records, 1908 - 1938, 632.5/J73p; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Thomas Harvey Johnston - Records, 1929 - 1931, 164AAE and others; South Australian Museum Archives. Details
  • Thomas Harvey Johnston - Records, 1914 - 1930, A.D. 37; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Gregory, Helen, Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940, University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, 1987, 180 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Sandars, Dorothea F., 'Johnston, Thomas Harvey (1881-1951), Biologist and Parasitologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, p. 501. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090497b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Professor T. Harvey Johnston', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 14, no. 3, 1951, p. 89. Details
  • Earley, C.M., 'List of Titles of the Published Works of Thomas Harvey Johnston, MA, DSc', Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 75-6, 1952, pp. i-ix. Details
  • Johnston, T. Harvey, 'Frederick Manson Bailey, CMG, FLS Presidential Address', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 28, 1916, pp. 3-10. Details
  • Johnston, T. Harvey, 'A Hundred Years of Zoology in South Australia', Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. lx, 1936, pp. xli-lv. Details
  • Sandars, Dorothea F., 'Professor T. Harvey Johnston. Memorial Lecture', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 64, 1952, pp. 57-68. Details

Newspaper Articles

Online Resources

See also

  • Frawley, Jodi, 'Prickly Pear Land: Transnational Networks in Settler Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, no. 130, 2007, pp. 323-38. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn