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Biographical entry Haswell, William Aitcheson (1854 - 1925)

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Born
5 August 1854
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died
24 January 1925
Point Piper, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Biologist and Vertebrate zoologist

Summary

William Aitcheson Haswell was trained in Scotland, and undertook research in Australia from 1878 into marine zoology and in 1882 joined the University of Sydney. He was appointed Professor of Biology in 1890 (restyled zoology in 1915). He wrote widely on marine biology and zoology. His research focussed on Crustaceae, Annelida and Bryozoa of Australian seas. He is remembered for A text book of zoology (1897), co-authored with T. J. Parker of University of Otago, a "monumental work of scholarship" which ran to four editions by 1928.

Archival resources

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • William Aitcheson Haswell - Records, 1916 - 1925; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Baldwin Spencer - Records, 1880 - 1929, ML MSS 29; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • William Aitcheson Haswell - Records, 1878 - 1925, P 162; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Morison, Patricia, 'Haswell, William Aitcheson (1854-1925), Biologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 226-227. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090228b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'William Aitcheson Haswell, 1854-1925', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 53, 1928, pp. 485-498. Details
  • Crane, Rosi, 'Creating Parker and Haswell's A textbook of zoology (1897)', Script and Print, vol. 39, no. 4, 2015, pp. 221-40. Details
  • Low, Martyn E. Y., 'The Brachyura Described by the Australian Carcinologist William Aitcheson Haswell: Checklist, Dates of Publication and Bibliography (Crustacea: Decapoda)', Zootaxa, vol. 3220, 2012, pp. 61-4. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.