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Biographical entry Marchant, Stephen (1912 - 2003)

Born
11 August 1912
Weston-under-Lizzard, Shropshire, England
Died
September 2003
Australia
Occupation
Geologist and Ornithologist

Summary

Stephen Marchant was a geologist with the Bureau of Mineral Resources 1963-1972 and an active amateur ornithologist. He edited The Emu 1969-1981 and was Chief Editor of Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds (HANZAB) vols 1 and 2. Both volumes of HANZAB won the Whitley Award for the Best Zoological Handbook (in 1990 and 1993). Marchant was a Founding member of the ACT Group of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (later called the Canberra Ornithologists Group), and initiated the RAOU's Nest Record Scheme. He was a major driving force in Australian ornithology.

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Events

c. 1931 - c. 1934
Career position - Geologist, Asiatic Petroleum Company, London
1938
Education - BA (hons) (geology, botany and zoology), University of Cambridge
c. 1938 - c. 1939
Career position - Geologist, Asiatic Petroleum Company, London
c. 1939 - c. 1940
Career position - Petroleum geologist, Shell Company, in Nigeria
1943 - 1945
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces as Coastwatcher in New Guinea and New Britain
c. 1946 - 1950
Career position - Petroleum geologist, Shell Company, in Nigeria
1950 - 1954
Career position - Lecturer in geology, University of Birmingham
c. 1954 - 1958
Career position - Petroleum geologist, Shell Company, in Ecuador
1959 - 1962
Career position - Petroleum geologist, Shell Company, in Iraq
1963
Life event - Settled in Australia
1963 - 1969
Career position - Supervising Geologist, Bureau of Mineral Resources
1968
Career position - Chairman, ACT Group of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (later called the Canberra Ornithologists Group)
1969 - 1971
Career position - Exploration Manager, Woodside Petroleum Ltd
1969 - 1981
Career position - Editor, The Emu
1971
Award - Union Medal, British Ornithologists Union
1975 - 1997
Award - Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1986
Career position - Founder, Eurobodalla Natural History Society
1994
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to ornithology and nature conservation
1997
Award - J. N. Hobbs Memorial Medal, Birds Australia
1997 - 2003
Award - Fellow, Birds Australia

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Davies, Stephen, 'Obituary - Stephen Marchant 1912-2003', Emu, 104, 89-90. Details
  • Marchant, S., 'Critical History of 'Emu'', Emu, 72 (2) (1972), 51-69. Details
  • Marchant, S., 'Obituary: Warren Billingsley Hitchcock', Emu, 85 (1) (1985), 51-2. Details

Resources

See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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