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Biographical entry Archer, Michael (1945 - )


25 March 1945
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Michael Archer has been Professor of Biological Science at University of New South Wales since 1989. In 1999 he became Director of the Australian Museum.


Born Sydney, 25 March 1945. Educated at Princeton (BA 1967) and University of Western Australia (PhD 1976). Fulbright Scholar, Western Australian Museum 1967-68, ARC Researcher 1968-71; Curator of Mammals, Queensland Museum 1972-78; Lecturer, School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales, 1978-80, Senior Lecturer 1980-85, Associate Professor 1985-89, Professor 1989- ; Director, Australian Museum 1999- . Council Member National Museum of Australia; Fellow Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (former President); Director of AUSTROP; former FRSA; Trustee Australian Geographic Society; Senior Scientist Riversleigh Society Inc; Research Associate Australian Museum 1978-98; Honorary Associate Queensland Museum 1986- . Publications on mammalogy and palaeontology. Editor of several journals. Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1984; Inaugural Queensland Museum Medal for Research 1987; Australian Heritage Award for Nature Conservation 1989; Inaugural Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science 1990; Inaugural IBM Conservation Award for Research 1990; Von Mueller Medal, ANZAAS 1994; Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia 1996; Australian Skeptic of the Year 1998; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 2002.

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Western Australian Museum

  • Michael Archer - Records, 1967 - 1969; Western Australian Museum. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.