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Biographical entry Endean, Robert (Bob) (1925 - 1997)

27 December 1925
Abermain, New South Wales, Australia
6 October 1997
Heron Island, Queensland, Australia
Marine biologist and Toxinologist


Bob Endean was a pioneer in the study of venomous marine animals dangerous to man and an expert in the ecology of Queensland's coral reefs. His research focused on the venom apparatus, mode of delivery, pharmacological properties and biochemistry of toxins. The principal subjects of his investigations were Conus species, the Box Jellyfish, stonefish and scorpionfish. With Italian colleagues he studied bioactive secretions from skin of Australian amphibians, which led to the isolation of caerulein. Other research was into ciguatera and paralytic shellfish poisoning. Endean was particularly known for his public campaign highlighting the ecological danger to the Great Barrier Reef of the Crown of Thorns Starfish.



Education - BSc, New England University College
1950 - 1957
Career position - Assistant Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Queensland
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1957 - 1964
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Queensland
1962 -
Career position - Founding Member, International Society on Toxinology
1963 - 1985
Career position - Member of Editorial Board, Toxicon
1964 - 1990
Career position - Reader in Marine Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Queensland
1969 - 1978
Career position - Consultant to Hoffman-La Roche & Co.
1976 - 1981
Career position - Member, World Health Organization Expert Advisory Committee on toxic materials from marine sources
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Hawgood, Barbara J., 'The Marine Biologist - Bob Endean', Toxicon, 48 (7) (2009), 768-779 . Details
  • Russell, F. E., 'In memory of Robert Endean', Toxicon, 36 (8) (1998), 1073-4. Details


See also

  • Pearn, John, 'Dr Ann Cameron (1939 - 1998)', Toxicon, 40 (10) (2002), 1073-4. Details
  • Rae, Ian D., 'The Roche Research Institute of Marine Pharmacology, 1974-1981: Searching for Drug Leads', Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (2) (2009), 209-231 . Details

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