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Biographical entry van Tets, Gerard Frederick (1929 - 1995)

Palaeontologist and Ornithologist


Gerard Frederick van Tets worked for CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology and on retirement continued to work there in an honorary capacity for the Australian National Wildlife Collection. He was interested in palaeontology and ornithology (cormorants and other water birds).


Born England, 1929. Died 1995. Educated University of British Columbia (PhD 1963). Arrived Australia 1963 and joined CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology to study bird strikes and aircraft, later becoming involved with the osteological part of the Australian National Wildlife Collection. After his retirement in the late 1980s he continued with this work as an Honorary Curator and also worked in the Department of Prehistory at the Australian National University one or two days a week.

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  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

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