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Biographical entry Watson, John Anthony Linthorne (1935 - 1993)

20 September 1935
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
4 December 1993


John Watson was on of the world's leading authorities on dragonflies (Odonata). After studying the hormonal development of insects at the University of Cambridge and three years on the staff of the Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, he returned to Australia in 1966. He joined the staff of CSIRO Division of Entomology, becoming Australia's expert on the taxonomy, biology and ecology of termites. In the 1960s he collaborated with G√ľnther Theischinger on the description of Australia's dragonflies, studying their taxonomy, morphology, larval biology and potential role as biological indicators. Watson served on the Standards Association of Australia Committee on termite treatments and a number of other committees on termites and other entomological matters. He was a member of the editorial boards of Australian Journal of Zoology, Odonatologica and Notulae odonatologicae, and was active in the in Societatis Internationalis Odonatologica. Several insect species were named in his honour.



Education - BSc, University of Western Australia
Award - Hackett Scholarship, University of Western Australia
1963 - 1965
Career Position - Assistant Professor, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
1967 -
Career position - Scientific officer, CSIRO Division of Entomology
Career position - Liaison Officer for Australasian and the Southern Pacific, Societatis Internationalis Odonatologica
Award - Ian Mackerras Medal for outstanding contributions to entomology, Australian Entomological Society
Award - Membership of Honour, Societatis Internationalis Odonatologica

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  • Endersby, Ian, 'Watson and Theischinger: the Etymology of the Dragonfly (Insecta: Odonata) Names Which They Published', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 145, no. 443/4, 2012, pp. 34-53. Details

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