Peter Sneath

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Peter H. A. Sneath
Born (1923-11-17)17 November 1923[1]
Died 9 September 2011(2011-09-09) (aged 87)
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields microbiology
Institutions University of Leicester
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Thesis The bacterial genus Chromobacterium (1959)
Known for numerical taxonomy
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Peter Henry Andrews Sneath FRS,[1] MD (17 November 1923 – September 9, 2011) was a microbiologist who co-founded the field of numerical taxonomy, together with Robert R. Sokal. Sneath and Sokal wrote Principles of Numerical Taxonomy,[2] revised in 1973 as Numerical Taxonomy.[3] Sneath reviewed the state of numerical taxonomy in 1995[4] and wrote some autobiographical notes in 2010.[5]

A special issue of the journal Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, on microbial systematics, is dedicated to the memory of Peter Sneath.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Jones, D.; Grant, W. D. (2013). "Peter Henry Andrews Sneath. 17 November 1923 -- 9 September 2011". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 59: 337–357. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2013.0008. 
  2. ^ Sneath, Peter H. A.; Sokal, Robert R. (1963). Principles of numerical taxonomy (7 ed.). San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-0621-0. 
  3. ^ Sneath, Peter H. A.; Sokal, Robert R. (1973). Numerical taxonomy: the principles and practice of numerical classification. San Francisco: Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-0697-0. 
  4. ^ Sneath, P. H. A. (1995). "Thirty Years of Numerical Taxonomy". Systematic Biology. 44 (3): 281. doi:10.1093/sysbio/44.3.281. 
  5. ^ Sneath, P. H. A. (2010). "Reflections on prokaryotic systematics" (PDF). The Bulletin of BISMiS. 1 (1): 77–83. 
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, IC; Trujillo, ME; Goodfellow, M (2012). "Special Issue on The BISMiS 2011 prokaryotic systematics, a vital discipline entering a period of transition". Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 101 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1007/s10482-011-9674-y. PMID 22080412. 
  7. ^ IPNI.  Sneath. 

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