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Biographical entry Quilty, Patrick (1939 - 2018)

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Born
1939
Died
26 August 2018
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Palaeontologist and Science historian

Summary

Patrick Quilty was a palaeontologist whose interests focused on surface and subsurface earth sciences in Antarctica. In all he made 14 trips to Antarctica including three marine science voyages. He discovered whale and dolphin fossils in the Vestfold Hills, the only site in Antarctica where fossil vertebrates have been found, and was one of the group that identified Macquarie Island as unique piece of uplifted oceanic crust. For nearly 20 years Quilty was a leader of the research programs of Australia's Antarctic Division, including as Chief Scientist for 1993 to 1999. Quilty served as Vice-President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research from 1994 to 1998, having been Australia's representative on the Committee for some years. He was active in scientific organisations including being President of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 2010. His publications included Geological evolution of Tasmania (2014) and a number of papers stemming from his interest in the history of Antarctica. Five fossil species have been named after Quilty, as have the Quilty Nunataks in the southern Antarctic Peninsula and Quilty Bay in the Larsemann Hills near Davis Station.

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Events

1962
Education - BSc (hons), University of Western Australia
1965 - 1966
Career event - First visit to Antarctic (Ellsworth Land) as palaeontologist with the University of Wisconsin
1969
Education - PhD, University of Tasmania
1974
Award - U.S. Antarctic Services Medal
1981 - 1983
Career position - Deputy Director (Research), Antarctic Division
1983 - 1993
Career position - Assistant Director (Science), Antarctic Division
1984
Career position - Chair, Symposium the Biology of the Vestfold Hills, Hobart
1987
Career position - Chair, Symposium on Macquarie Island, Hobart
1988
Career position - Chair, 20th Meeting, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Hobart
1993 - 1999
Career position - Chief Scientist, Antarctic Division
1994 - 1998
Career position - Vice-President, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
1996
Award - Royal Society of Tasmania Medal
1997
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to geoscience, particularly Australian Antarctic scientific research, and its promotion internationally
1999
Life event - Retired
2004
Career position - Convenor, 17th Australian Geological Convention, Hobart
2010
Career position - President, Royal Society of Tasmania
2010
Career position - Honorary Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
2011
Career position - Chair, Mawson Symposium, Royal Society of Tasmania
2016
Award - Phillip Law Medal, Australian Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) Club

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Published resources

Books

  • Quilty, Patrick G., Antarctica as a Continent for Science (Hobart: Tasmanian Government Printing Office, 1990), 29-37 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Foraminiferology in Australia, 1843-present' in Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development, Bowden, A. J., Gregory, F. J. and Henderson, A., eds (London: Geological Society of London, 2013), pp. 251-69. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Pat Quilty: Antarctic community mourns loss of leader', Australian Antarctic Magazine, 35 (2018), 26-7. http://www.antarctica.gov.au/magazine/2016-2020/issue-35-december-2018. Details
  • Gales, Nick, 'Obituary for Patrick Quilty (1939 - 2018)', Quaternary Australia, 35 (2) (2018), 10. Details
  • Large, Ross R., Pongratz, June and Davies, Margaret, 'Obituary: Professor Patrick Gerard Quilty AM', Papers and proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 152 (2018), 61-70. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick, 'Neumayer in Australia: His Scientific Legacy', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 123 (2011), 11-8. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Georg Neumayer (1826-1909) in Tasmania, 1864', Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 141 (2) (2007), 203-212. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Laying the Foundation: Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic: Part 2 - Geologists with Scott's 1911-1912 Final Expedition', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 161 (2011), 21-6. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Laying the foundation: Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic, Part 1', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 160 (2011), 24-6. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic, Part 3: The Foundation Laid - Mawson's Men', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 163 (2012), 19-24. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Maxwell Robert Banks 21 July 1925 - 24 November 2014', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 174 (2015), 42-3. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G. and Banks, Maxwell R., 'Samuel Warren Carey 1911-2002', Historical Records of Australian Science, 14 (3) (2003), 313-335. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03005.htm. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G. and Lugg, Desmond J., 'Phillip Garth Law 1912-2010', Historical Records of Australian Science, 24 (2013), 134-59. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick M., 'Obituary: Maxwell Robert Banks AM, D.Sc., D.H.C. (Lille), 21 July 1925 - 24 October 2014', Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 148 (2014), 71-6. Details

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Reviews

  • Day, David, Antarctica: a Biography (2012)
    Quilty, Patrick, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60, (2014), 154-5. Details
  • STUMP, Edmund, The roof at the bottom of the world: discovering the Transantarctic Mountains (2011)
    Quilty, Patrick G., TAG, 173, (2014), 47-8. Details

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