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Biographical entry Ratcliffe, Francis Noble (1904 - 1970)

11 January 1904
Calcutta, India
8 December 1970
Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Francis Ratcliffe was Officer-in-Charge, Wildlife Survey Section, CSIRO to 1961, then Assistant Chief, Division of Entomology until his retirement.


Born Calcutta, India, 11 January 1904. Died 8 December 1970. OBE. Educated University of Oxford (BA) and Princeton, USA. Senior Research Officer, Division of Economic Entomology, CSIR; seconded to Army as Major, Australian Army Medical Corps in medical entomology; Officer-in-Charge, Wildlife Survey Section, CSIRO to 1961; Assistant Chief, Division of Entomology 1961-?

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  • Ratcliffe, Francis N., Flying Fox and Drifting Sand: the Adventures of a Biologist in Australia, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1938. Details
  • Ratcliffe, Francis N., The Rabbit Problem: a Survey of Research Needs and Possibilities, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1951. Details

Book Sections

  • Griffiths, Tom, 'Francis Ratcliffe and changing ecological visions', in Saunders, Denis, Spratt, David and van Wensveen, Monica (eds), Perspectives on wildlife research: celebrating 50 years of CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Surrey Beatty & Sons with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Chipping Norton, N.S.W. & Canberra, 2002, pp. 132-40. Details
  • Warhurst, John, 'Ratcliffe, Francis Noble (1904-1970), Ecologist and Conservationist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 61-62. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Francis Ratcliffe: the Australian conservation pioneer', Newsletter of the Australian Conservation Foundation, vol. 3, no. 1, 1971, pp. 4-6. Details
  • Coman, B.J., 'Francis Ratcliffe, Pioneer Conservationist', Quadrant, vol. 42, no. 1-2, 1998, pp. 20-26. Details
  • Mackerras, I. M., 'Francis Ratcliffe (1904-1970): Obituary', Search, vol. 2, no. 3, 1971, pp. 74-75. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.