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Biographical entry Waterhouse, Douglas Frew (1916 - 2000)


3 June 1916
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 December 2000
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Douglas Waterhouse was an entomologist who was one of the most influential figures in Australian biological control programs and was Chief of the CSIRO Division of Entomology for over 20 years. His early research was into the physiology, ecology and population control of sheep blowfly. As Chief he guided the Division of Entomology to international prominence as a centre of entomological research, particularly into integrated pest management, with field stations established across Australia and overseas. Programs included research into the control of insect pests and weeds using a wide-based approach including biological, chemical, physical and genetic methods, and often with collaboration from industry partners. Waterhouse was responsible for the gazettal of the Australian National Insect Collection in 1962 in recognition of the national importance of this scientific asset. He also oversaw the publication of the landmark Insects of Australia (1970), the work of 30 Divisional and non-Divisional taxonomists describing and illustrating Australia's insect fauna. In retirement Waterhouse crusaded for biological control especially in the Pacific and Southeast Asian nations and forged along-term association with Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), leading to successful partnerships between Pacific countries and Australian scientists. With Don Sands he published for ACIAR Classical biological control of Arthropods in Australia (2001).



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Education - MSc, University of Sydney
1938 - 1939
Career position - Assistant Research Officer, CSIR Division of Economic Entomology
1939 - 1945
Career position - Served as Captain with the Australian Army Medical Corps
1946 - 1953
Career position - Research Officer, CSIR Division of Economic Entomology (later CSIRO Division of Entomology)
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
Award - Davis Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1953 - 1960
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Entomology
1954 - 2000
Career position - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1960 - 1981
Career position - Chief, CSIRO Division of Entomology
1961 - 1966
Career position - Secretary (Biological Sciences), Australian Academy of Science
1967 - 2000
Career position - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1969 - 1972
Career position - President, Australian Entomological Society
Award - Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
Career position - President, 14th International Congress of Entomology, Canberra
1972 - 2000
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal Entomological Society of London
Award - Farrer Medal, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1974 - 2000
Career position - Corresponding Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Award - Medal, International Congress for Plant Protection
Award - DSc honoris causa, Australian National University
1977 - 1978
Career position - President, International Bee Research Association
Award - Adventures in Agricultural Science Award, 9th International Congress of Plant Protection and United States Department of Agriculture
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for public service in the field of entomology
1981 - 2000
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO Division of Entomology
1982 - 2000
Award - Foreign Member, U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences
1983 -
Career position - Consultant in Plant Protection, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Award - Medal, International Congress for Plant Protection
1983 - 1988
Career position - President, ACT Branch, National Trust of Australia
1983 - 2000
Award - Foreign Associate, United States Academy of Science
Award - Australian Bicentennial Award for most outstanding living contributor to New South Wales agriculture, Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales
1994 - 2000
Award - Honorary Member, Australian Entomological Society
Award - Honorary Chairman of Council, 21st International Congress of Entomology, Brasil

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Douglas Frew Waterhouse - Records, 1934 - 1979, MS 131; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Upton, M. S., A Rich and Diverse Fauna: the history of the Australian National Insect Collection 1926 - 1991 (Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 1997), 386 pp. Details

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Conference Papers

  • Cullen, J. and Sands, D., 'Douglas Frew Waterhouse - a dedication', in 1st International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods: January 14-18, 2002 (Morgantown, W.Virginia: USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, 2003), pp. 17-22., Details

Journal Articles

  • Day, Maxwell F. C., Whitten, Maxwell J. and Sands, Don P. A., 'Douglas Frew Waterhouse, C.M.G. 3 June 1916 - 1 December 2000', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 48 (2002), 459-81. Details
  • Day, Maxwell F.C.; Whitten, Maxwell J.; Sands, Don, 'Douglas Frew Waterhouse 1916-2000', Historical Records of Australian Science, 13 (4) (2001), 495-519. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Robertson, Malcolm, 'Obituary: Douglas Frew Waterhouse, AO', The Age (2000). Details


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Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn