[Taxacom] Vale Don Colless: 1922-2012

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Feb 23 02:24:46 CST 2012


Yes, this is a distinct loss. It felt good to be subscribing to a list
which had such heavyweights as Don Colless.

Paul

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From: "Dan Bickel" <Dan.Bickel at austmus.gov.au>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:15 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Vale Don Colless: 1922-2012


> Taxacom subscribers will miss Don's insightful contributions and often
> acerbic responses to discussion on this List.  Apart from his extensive
> and detailed knowledge of the Australian Diptera fauna, he had a deep
> interest in systematic theory and enjoyed taking contrarian stances,
> especially to what he considered mainstream dogma.
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> This message below was passed on the me by David Yeates, CSIRO Entomology:
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> Donald Henry Colless
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> 24 August 1922 to 16 February 2012
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> Don started with CSIR0 in 1947 for a period of 3 months followed by roles
> in North Borneo and Malaya where he conducted mosquito research.  In April
> 1960 he returned to CSIRO and was promoted to chief research scientist in
> the 70's.  Don was the chief curator of the ANIC from 1971-1977 and worked
> with CSIRO until his retirement in 1987.  He returned to CSIRO soon after
> his retirement as an Honorary Fellow and remained as such for the
> remainder of his life.  Don was a noted systematist and a world authority
> on the taxonomy and biology of true flies (Diptera).
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> Daniel J. Bickel
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