John Veron

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John Veron
John Edward Norwood Veron

Sydney, Australia
Alma materUniversity of New England (B.A. (Hons) (M.Sc.) (Ph.D.)
Known for
Scientific career
InstitutionsAmerican Academy of Underwater Sciences
Australian Marine Sciences Association
Australian Institute of Marine Science
International Society for Reef Studies
James Cook University
Author abbrev. (zoology)J. E. N. Veron

John Veron (born 1945), credited in research as J. E. N. Veron, and in other writing as Charlie Veron, is a specialist in the study of corals and reefs.[1] He is believed to have discovered more than twenty percent of the world's coral species.[2]

Early life[edit]

John Edward Norwood Veron was born in 1945 in Sydney. He attended a private school in Sydney.[1] He won a Commonwealth scholarship as a gifted child and went on to the University of New England. His main interests were in the natural world, especially marine life.[1]

He has three higher degrees in different fields.


He was the chief scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Veron was the first full-time researcher on the Great Barrier Reef (1972) and the first scientist employed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (1974). He participated in 67 expeditions to all the major reef provinces in the world.

He named about 20% of reef corals and built a taxonomic framework for corals that is used throughout the world.[2]

He founded the Orpheus Island Marine Station.

He discovered and delineated the Coral Triangle.

He introduced the concept of reticulate evolution to the marine world.[1]


He has many professional awards including:


Veron has written many books and monographs about corals and coral reefs, including:

  • Veron, Charlie (2017-07-17). A Life Underwater. Penguin Random House Australia. ISBN 9781760143633.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood (2008). A Reef in Time: The Great Barrier Reef from Beginning to End. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674026797.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood (2000). Corals of the world. Australian Institute of Marine Science.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood (1992). Hermatypic corals of Japan. Australian Institute of Marine Science. ISBN 9780642170835.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood (1995). Corals in Space and Time: The Biogeography and Evolution of the Scleractinia. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801482631.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood (1993). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824815042.
  • Veron, John Edward Norwood; Pichon, Michel (1976). Scleractinia of Eastern Australia. Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 9780642023209.

Later life[edit]

Since 2008 he together with colleagues have been producing an open access website about coral taxonomy, biogeography and identification: Corals of The World ( The website includes a mapping program called Coral Geographic and an identification program called CoralID. He has campaigned extensively on climate change, mass bleaching of coral reefs, ocean acidification and related environmental issues.


  1. ^ a b c d Veron 2017.
  2. ^ a b McCalman, Iain (2014-04-15). "The Great Coral Grief". Scientific American. 310 (5): 66–69. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0514-66. ISSN 0036-8733.
  3. ^ "(Reviews of) A Reef in Time — J.E.N. Veron". Harvard University Press. Retrieved 2018-08-26.

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