Michael J. D. White

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Michael J. D. White
Born (1910-08-20)20 August 1910
London, United Kingdom
Died 18 December 1983(1983-12-18) (aged 73)
Canberra, Australia
Fields Cytogenetics, Evolutionary biology
Institutions University College London, University of Melbourne
Alma mater University of London
Known for important contributions to cytogenetics, speciation research, and evolutionary biology
Influences J. B. S. Haldane
Notable awards Linnean Medal (1983)

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

White was educated 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. 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.


  • 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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