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Biographical entry Marshall, Alan John (Jock) (1911 - 1967)

17 February 1911
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
20 July 1967
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Zoologist, Explorer and Ornithologist


Jock Marshall was the founding Professor of Zoology and Comparative Physiology and Dean of Science, Monash University 1960-1967. He was previously Reader in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of London 1949-1959 and had a distinguished war record.


Born Sydney, 17 February 1911. Died Melbourne, 20 July 1967. Educated Universities of Sydney (BSc 1940) and Oxford (DPhil 1949, DSc 1956). Lost left arm in a shotgun accident 1927; member, Oxford University New Hebrides Expedition 1934; features writer, The Sun (Sydney daily newspaper) 1934; honorary ornithologist, Australian Museum 1935; University of Sydney 1935; member, Mandated and Dutch New Guinea Expedition 1936; leader, North West Spitsbergen Expedition 1937; undergraduate, University of Sydney 1938-40; tutor, St Paul's College, University of Sydney 1938; special writer and principal book reviewer, The Daily Telegraph 1939; student demonstrator, Department of Zoology, University of Sydney 1939-40; resident tutor in zoology and Grainger Postgraduate Scholar, St Paul's College, University of Sydney 1940-41; Army Education Service 1941; war service 1941-45; leader, Oxford University Jan Mayan Expedition 1947; demonstrator in zoology and animal physiology and DPhil student, Oxford University 1947-49; Reader in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London 1949-60; foundation Professor of Zoology and Comparative Physiology and Dean of Science, Monash University 1960-67. Back Award, Royal Geographical Society of London 1948; Corresponding Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union 1955; Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1958. Commemorated by Jock Marshall Zoology Reserve, Monash University. Wrote a number of bestsellers, including Australia Limited (1941), Testament of Doubt (1945), Journey Among Men (1962, with Russell Drysdale) and The Great Extermination (1966).

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Alan John (Jock) Marshall - Records, 1867 - 1973, MS 7132; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions



  • Heimann, Judith M., The Most Offending Soul Alive: Tom Harrisson and His Remarkable Life (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1999), 468 pp. Details

Book Sections

Conference Papers

  • Marshall, Janie, 'Jock Marshall', in Recovering Science: Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Melbourne, October 1992 edited by Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste and Rosanne Clayton (Canberra: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995), pp. 15-18.. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary Notice: Professor Alan John Marshall, DSc, PhD', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 87 (1966), 14-15. Details
  • Simons, J. R., 'Obituary: Alan John Marshall', Australian Journal of Science, 30 (5) (1967), 173-174. Details


See also

  • Dahlitz, Ray, Secular who's who : a biographical directory of freethinkers, secularists, rationalists, humanists and others involved in Australia's secular movement from 1850 onwards (Balwyn, Victoria: R. Dahlitz, 1994), 192 pp. pp.104-105. Details
  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker