Julian Kenny

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Julian Stanley Kenny
BornJanuary 27, 1930
DiedAugust 9, 2011
CitizenshipTrinidad and Tobago
Alma materBirkbeck College, University of London
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of the West Indies

Julian Stanley "Jake" Kenny (January 27, 1930 – August 9, 2011)[1] was a Trinidadian zoologist, columnist, author[2] and Professor of Zoology at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies[3] and an Independent Senator in the fifth (1995–2000)[4] and sixth (2001)[5] Parliaments. He is best known for his work on freshwater fishes and anurans, and for his contribution to the conservation movement in Trinidad and Tobago.[3]

Kenny was born in Trinidad, and was educated at Belmont Intermediate School and then at St Mary's. After completing Grade 13 at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Canada, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.[3] After working at a fisheries laboratory in Canada, Kenny returned to Trinidad where he worked as a scientific officer in what would later become the Fisheries Division.[3] After working there for nine years, he entered Birbeck College, University of London, where he obtained a PhD. After graduating he joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.[3] After retiring from the department, Kenny served as Chairman of the Trustees of the Guardian Life Wildlife Fund. Between 1995 and 2001 he served as an Independent Senator.

He authored several books about Trinidad and Tobago's ecology, first with Macmillan and then with Media and Editorial Projects Limited book imprint, Prospect Press. His titles include:

  • Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean (Caribbean Pocket Natural History Series) (1998, ISBN 978-0-333-47330-6)
  • Views from the Ridge (2008 reprint, ISBN 976-95057-0-6)
  • Flowers of Trinidad & Tobago (2006, ISBN 976-95057-8-1)
  • Orchids of Trinidad & Tobago (2008, ISBN 978-976-95082-4-8)[2]
  • A Naturalist's Notes: the Biological Diversity of Trinidad & Tobago (2008, ISBN 978-976-95082-3-1)

Kenny also wrote a column for the Trinidad and Tobago Express newspaper. He died in Port of Spain, aged 81.


  1. ^ "Environmentalist, Julian Kenny dies". CTV. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "A Reverence for Orchids" (Trinidad & Tobago Express, 12 February, 2009) Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e "Julian Stanley Kenny - zoologist". Caribbean Icons in Science, Technology & Innovation. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  4. ^ Hansard Archived 2007-08-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Hansard Archived 2007-08-02 at the Wayback Machine

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