Harry B. Whittington

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Harry Blackmore Whittington
Born (1916-03-24)March 24, 1916
Died June 20, 2010(2010-06-20) (aged 94)
Fields Paleontology
Institutions University of Cambridge
Notable awards Bigsby Medal (1957)
Paleontological Society Medal (1983)
Lyell Medal (1986)
Mary Clark Thompson Medal (1990)
International Prize for Biology (2001)
Wollaston Medal (2001)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Harry Blackmore Whittington FRS[1] (March 24, 1916 – June 20, 2010) was a British paleontologist based at the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge, and was affiliated to Sidney Sussex College. He attended Handsworth Grammar School in Birmingham, followed by a degree and Ph.D in geology from the University of Birmingham. He was professor of paleontology at Harvard University and then Woodwardian Professor of Geology at the University of Cambridge from 1966 to 1983. During a paleontological career that spans more than sixty years, Whittington achieved brilliant results in the study of fossil arthropods of the early Paleozoic era,[2] with a particular focus on trilobites. Among his major achievements were:

  • the study of trilobite morphology, ecology, and fossil stratigraphy, together with paleogeography
  • the study of the Burgess Shale fauna, which led to elucidation of the nature of the Cambrian explosion.

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  1. ^ a b c Fortey, R. A. (2012). "Harry Blackmore Whittington. 24 March 1916 -- 20 June 2010". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2012.0033.  edit
  2. ^ McMenamin, M. 2010. Harry Blackmore Whittington 1916-2010. Geoscientist, v. 20, n. 11, p. 5.
  3. ^ "Mary Clark Thompson Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 

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