|Dame Patricia Bergquist
|Born||Patricia Rose Smyth
10 March 1933
Auckland, New Zealand
|Died||9 September 2009(aged 76)|
|Occupation||Zoologist, anatomist, biologist, educator, researcher|
Dame Patricia Rose Bergquist DBE (née Smyth, 10 March 1933 – 9 September 2009) was a New Zealand scientist who specialised in anatomy and taxonomy. She was Professor Emerita of Zoology and Honorary Professor of Anatomy at the University of Auckland.
First attending Devonport Primary School, Bergquist went on to be Dux of Takapuna Grammar School before attending the University of Auckland in 1950. Here she completed her MSc with First Class Honours on the biology of a fern species and a second MSc equivalent in Zoology before going on to obtain her PhD on the taxonomy of the Porifera in 1961.
Following her doctorate she studied overseas, initially at Yale University where she broadened her systematic expertise, becoming an educator and researcher at the University of Auckland on matters related to anatomy, taxonomy and zoology, with particular interest in the marine sponge. She felt a stable framework of higher level classification which would permit recognition of generic relationships and facilitate descriptions of new species was missing.
Born to William Smyth, an electrician, and Bertha Smith, a homemaker, she had two siblings: Norman and Catherine. In 1958, she married Peter Bergquist; the couple had a daughter, Claire.
She co-authored (with Mary E. Sinclair) The Morphology and Behaviour of Larvae of Some Intertidal Sponges for the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, which was published on 20 October 1967.
- Bergquist, Patricia R. "The Demospongiae of New Zealand-Systematics, distribution and relationships". University of Auckland. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- Obituary for Prof. Dame Patricia Bergquist
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993. Retrieved 9 January 2013.