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Biographical entry Clark, Ellen (1915 - 1988)

25 March 1915
Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
2 May 1988
Santa Clara, California, United States of America


Ellen Clark was a naturalist who specialised in Australia's crustacea.

She described and named many of Australia's fresh water crayfish, or yabbies and published many papers on this research.

Later, employed at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, she worked alongside (Sir) Macfarlane Burnet studying strains of influenza.

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  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details

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