Neil Chalmers

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Sir Neil Robert Chalmers (born 19 June 1942)[1] is a British zoologist and academic. He is a former Director of the Natural History Museum in London, and former warden of Wadham College, Oxford.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chalmers was educated at King's College School, Magdalen College, Oxford (BA), and St John's College, Cambridge (PhD).[3]

Academic career[edit]

From 1966 to 1969, Chalmers lectured in zoology at Makarere University College, Kampala, Uganda, and was scientific director at the National Primate Reserve Centre, Nairobi, Kenya from 1969 until 1970. From 1970 until 1988 he worked for the Open University, first as a lecturer, later as dean of science. He was the Director of the Natural History Museum from 1988 until 2004.[3] He became Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, in 2004. He retired in 2012.[4]


He was appointed Knight Bachelor by HM The Queen in 2001.[2]


  1. ^ "Birthdays today". The Telegraph. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. Sir Neil Chalmers, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, 2004–12, 71;
  2. ^ a b Sir Neil Chalmers's Biography , Debrett's
  3. ^ a b Museum keeper with a dash of Disney, The Guardian, 11 March 2004
  4. ^ Wardens of Wadham, Wadham College


Cultural offices
Preceded by
Dr. Ronald Hedley


Director of the Natural History Museum
Succeeded by
Michael Dixon
Academic offices
Preceded by
John S. Flemming
Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Ken Macdonald