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Biographical entry Pearson, John Carwadine (1927 - 2011)

Born
1927
Toronto, Canada
Died
October 2011
Occupation
Parasitologist

Summary

John Pearson was an international authority on digenean trematodes and wrote seminal papers on their taxonomy, phylogeny and life cycles. On moving to the University of Queensland after completing his PhD, Pearson continued to work on diplostome trematodes while also studying the highly diverse but largely unknown heterophyids, parasitic on native birds and rats. It was in the revision of sections of the Heterophyidae (usually tiny and always difficult) that Pearson made his most important contributions to taxonomy. He collected widely in Australia and Southeast Asia. He donated his collection of over 3,200 specimens of digenean and monogenean parasites of fish and bird to the Queensland Museum in 1994.

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1950
Education - BA (Hons), University of Toronto, Canada
1951
Education - MA, University of Toronto, Canada
1954
Education - PhD, University of Toronto, Canada
1956
Career position - Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Parasitology, University of Queensland
1972
Award - DSc, University of Queensland
1986 - 1992
Career position - Professor of Helminthology (Personal Chair), University of Queensland
1989
Award - Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology
1992
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland
1992
Life event - Retired

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Journal Articles

  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Nature, vol. 53, 2007, pp. 1-156. Details
  • Cribb, Tom, 'Profile: John Carwadine Pearson', Systematic Parasitology, vol. 27, 1994, pp. 237-8. Details

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