Theodore Thomson Flynn

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Theodore Thomson Flynn (11 October 1883 - 23 October 1968) was an Australian marine biologist and a professor in both Tasmania and the United Kingdom.

Flynn was born in Coraki, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Jessie B. (née Thomson) and John Flynn.[1] He became a biology lecturer at the University of Tasmania in 1909, becoming professor in 1911 and teaching there until 1930.[2] He married his wife, Lily Mary (Marelle) Young on 23 January 1909.[3] Flynn then moved to Northern Ireland where he served as the Chair of Zoology at Queen's University of Belfast from 1931-1948. After the Belfast Blitz Flynn was the Chief Casualty Officer for the city.[4] He was the father of film actor Errol Flynn, and named one new species that he discovered – Gibbonsia erroli – after his son. Theodore Flynn died in Liss, Hampshire, England.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Biography of Theodore Thomson Flynn". University of Tasmania. 29 January 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Theodore Thomson Flynn profile". Biographical Entry. Encyclopedia of Australian Science. 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Profile, Australian Dictionary of Biography; accessed 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Professor T.T. Flynn with his wife,; accessed 26 January 2017.

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