Herbert Andrewartha

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Professor Herbert George Andrewartha, BS (UWA), MAgSc (Melb), DSc (Adel), FAA, (21 December 1907 – 27 January 1992) was a distinguished Australian research scientist in the fields of entomology, biology, zoology and animal ecology.[1][2]


Early years[edit]

Andrewartha was born on December 21, 1907 in Perth, Western Australia to George and Elsie, the second of three children. His father was a teacher, and the family moved frequently from school to school in rural Western Australia.


Retirement and death[edit]

Andrewartha retired in 1972. In 1975 he suffered a serious stroke, but continued writing his last book with Birch. He died on 27 January 1992 at the age of 84. He married Hattie Vevers Steele in Melbourne in 1934. His wife predeceased him: he was survived by his son Graeme and daughter Susan Dutch.

Significant work[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]


  • 1954: The Distribution and Abundance of Animals. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (with Charles Birch)
  • 1961: Introduction to the Study of Animal Populations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; London: Methuen & Co ISBN 0-416-64030-3
  • 1971: --do.--2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; London: Methuen & Co ISBN 0-226-02029-0
  • 1984: The Ecological Web. Chicago: University of Chicago Press ISBN 0-226-02033-9 (with Charles Birch)



  1. ^ L. C. Birch and T. O. Browning Herbert George Andrewartha 1907-1992, Biographical Memoirs, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol.9, no.3, 1993. pp.259-268
  2. ^ Andrewartha, Herbert George (1907 - 1992), Encyclopedia of Australian Science, www.eoas.info
  3. ^ In 21st-century Australian Universities, the position of "Reader" is generally called "Associate Professor"
  4. ^ Former Officers of the University of Adelaide, www.adelaide.edu.au
  5. ^ The HG Andrewartha Medal, Royal Society of South Australia