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Biographical entry Bryden, Michael MacLaren (1938 - )


24 April 1938
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Michael Bryden is a veterinary anatomist whose primary research is in marine mammals. He is a leading authority on whale and dolphin biology. Much of his research has been in remote areas including Antarctica. Bryden has been a member of a number of committees related to animal research and welfare including the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee and the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales. He was the founding Director of the Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre. As a member of the Royal Society of Queensland from 1974, Bryden served on Council in several positions including President (1976).



Education - BVSc, University of Queensland
Education - MVSc, University of Queensland
Career position - Veterinary Officer, Department Agriculture, Tasmania
1964 - 1966
Career position - Biologist, ANARE, Macquarie Island
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1967 - 1969
Career position - Instructor, Cornell University, U.S.A.
Education - DScVM, Cornell University, U.S.A.
1970 - 1972
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy, University of Sydney
1973 - 1987
Career position - Reader in Anatomy, School of Anatomy, University of Queensland
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
1978 - 1982
Career position - Chairman, Biology Sub-committee, National Committee for Antarctic Research
1981 - 1983
Career position - Member, Australian National Committee on Antarctic Research
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1987 - 2001
Career position - Professor, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Sydney
1988 - 1994
Career position - Member, National Committee for Animal and Veterinary Sciences
1989 - 1991
Career position - Member, Animal Research Review Panel, New South Wales Government
1990 - 1996
Career position - Member, Antarctic Science Advisory Committee
Career position - Visiting Scientist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
1996 - 2000
Career position - Member, Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales
1996 - 2001
Career position - Founding Director, Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre
1998 - 2000
Career position - Member, Antarctic Biology Program Advisory Committee
2014 -
Career position - Honorary Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to veterinary science, and to education, particularly in the field of animal anatomy, as an academic and researcher

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  • Anon, 'Emeritus Professor Michael Bryden honoured', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 119 (2014), 107-8. Details


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