Michael J. D. White

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Michael J. D. White
Born(1910-08-20)20 August 1910
Died18 December 1983(1983-12-18) (aged 73)
Alma materUniversity of London
Known forimportant contributions to cytogenetics, speciation research, and evolutionary biology
AwardsLinnean Medal (1983)
Scientific career
FieldsCytogenetics, Evolutionary biology
InstitutionsUniversity College London, University of Melbourne
InfluencesJ. B. S. Haldane

Michael James Denham White FRS[1] (London, 20 August 1910 – Canberra, 16 December 1983)[2] was a zoologist and cytologist.

White grew up in Tuscany, Italy, where he was home-schooled,[3] before beginning undergraduate studies at University College London from 1927. He later held the posts of Reader in Zoology at UCL, Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas, Professor of Zoology (1958–1964) and Professor of Genetics (1964–1975) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, before ending his academic career at the Australian National University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1961,[1] and won the Linnaean Medal of the Linnaean Society of London in 1983.

White made important contributions to the development of cytology and cytogenetics. His work was influential in the study of speciation in biology.[citation needed]


  • White, M.J.D. (1937; 6th ed 1973). The chromosomes. Methuen, London. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • White, M.J.D. (1945; 4th ed 1973). Animal cytology and evolution. Cambridge University Press. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • White, M.J.D. (1978). Modes of speciation. Freeman.
  • White M.J.D. and Webb G.C. Blattodea, Mantodea, Isoptera, Grylloblattodea, Phasmatodea, Dermaptera, and Embioptera. Borntraeger. ISBN 3-443-26005-5 (3-443-26005-5)
  • White M.J.D. (ed). Genetic mechanisms of speciation in insects. Symposia at the XIVth International Congress of Entomology, Canberra, Australia, 22–30 August 1972. Australian Academy of Science, Australian Entomological Society. Reidel. ISBN 90-277-0477-5 (90-277-0477-5)


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