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Biographical entry Harrison, Launcelot (1880 - 1928)

Born
13 July 1880
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Died
20 February 1928
Narooma, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Zoologist and Entomologist

Summary

Launcelot Harrison was Challis Professor of Zoology at the University of Sydney from 1922. Initially he worked in the insurance industry, but having been an avid amateur naturalist from childhood, he decided to switch careers. First Harrison had to formalise his training, so he completed a Bachelor of Science with a Zoology major (1914) and then a Bachelor of Art by Research (1916). While carrying out postgraduate research in England, Harrison was enlisted in the military as a Lieutenant and Advisory Entomologist to the British Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia. In 1918, while still on active service, he was appointed Lecturer and Demonstrator in Zoology at the University of Sydney. Harrison did not take up the post until July 1919 and remained there until his sudden death in 1928. During his time at the University, he totally revitalised and revamped the Zoology Department and sparked new areas of research. Harrison was also active outside the University and was President of the Royal Zoological (1923-24), and the Linnean (1928) Societies of New South Wales and a trustee of the Australian Museum, Sydney, from 1924.

Details

Events

1900 - c. 1910
Career position - Joined the Citizens' Life Assurance Co.
1911 - 1914
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1913 - 1914
Career position - Junior Demonstrator in Zoology and Botany at the University of Sydney
1914 - 1916
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA Research) completed at Emmanuel College at Cambridge, UK while on a 1851 Exhibition Scholarship
1919
Career position - Lecturer and Demonstrator in Zoology at the University of Sydney
1920 - 1922
Career position - Acting Professor and Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Sydney
1922 - 1928
Career position - Challis Professor of Zoology at the University of Sydney
1923 - 1924
Career position - President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1924 -
Career position - Trustee of the Australian Museum in Sydney
1925
Career position - Tails and Tarradiddles: an Australian Book of Birds and Beasts a book of verse for children written and illustrated under the name of 'Alter Ego'
1925
Career position - Multidisciplinary scientific expedition to Barrington Tops in New South Wales
1928
Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales

Archival resources

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

  • Harrison, Lancelot manuscript; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Nature, vol. 122, 14 July 1928, pp. 65-66. Details
  • Australian Zoologist, vol. 2, 14 May 1928, pp. 132-137. Details
  • Anderson, Dr. C., Australian Museum Magazine, vol. iii, no. 6, 1928, pp. 191-192. Details
  • Cambage, R. H., Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 53, no. 1, 1928, p. 6. Details

Online Resources

See also

Annette Alafaci