Alexander John Nicholson (1895-1969), entomologist, was born on 25 March 1895 at Blackhall, near Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland, second of four children of Alexander Nicholson, draughtsman, and his...
Alexander John Nicholson was one of Australia's top Entomologists and greatly increased the knowledge and study of Zoology and Entomology in Australia. His longest serving position was as Chief of the Division of Economic Entomology at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)/CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) from 1936 to 1960. During this time Nicholson improved the Division's reputation and research scope to include biological control, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. Nicholson's main area of expertise was in insect population dynamics and biology, but he was also a fine designer of scientific equipment and a fastidious organiser. He was a member and office bearer of many of Australia's and Britain's top scientific bodies and published widely. He received many accolades for his tireless work including an appointment to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Birmingham, UK
1915 - c. 1919
Career position - War service with the Royal Regiment of Artillery in France and Belgium
1919 - c. 1921
Career position - Researcher at the University of Birmingham
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Birmingham
Career position - Inaugural McCaughey Lecturer in Entomology at the University of Sydney
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1928 - 1930
Career position - Councillor of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
1930 - 1933
Career position - Deputy-Chief of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) Division of Economic Entomology
Career position - 'The Balance of Animal Populations' published in the Journal of Animal Ecology
1933 - 1936
Career position - Acting-Chief of the CSIR Division of Economic Entomology
Career position - Foundation member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1936 - 1960
Career position - Chief of the CSIR / CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Economic Entomology
1950 - 1951
Career position - President of the Royal Society of Australia
Award - Clarke Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Career position - Foundation President of the National Parks Association of the Australian Capital Territory
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London (FRES)
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Award - Honorary member of the British Ecological Society
Career position - Foundation member of the Australian Entomological Society
Correspondence with scientific colleagues 1927-37; research papers for DSc thesis on the natural regulation of numbers 1928-29: experimental records on the influence of temperature on the activity of sheep blowflies; material relating to an unpublished book on the theory of animal populations 1931; correspondence regarding Nicholson's memoirs 1970-71 [26 cm, MS 130].
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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995)Wednesday 7 April 1937 p 3 Article
... -chairmen, and Dr. G. A Currie as local secretary. Doctors A. J. Nicholson, R. Wilson and W. G ... Woolnough constituted the handbook committee. Lady Macken-zie, Mrs. Nicholson (hon. secretary), Col ...
St Arnaud Mercury (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)Wednesday 2 May 1917 p 2 Article
... predecea ne hi yoerar A family of eight so led l Mr, John Nioholeon, hIumlhton ; Angus anrd Alexander ... O BITUARY -"? p...', MR JOHN NIOHOLN, Ji eath 1i11e ao nthd r ploneera of D]ezlpy'e .rld a, 'l ...
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The North Eastern Ensign (Benalla, Vic. : 1872 - 1938)Friday 9 March 1928 p 3 Article
... MR. JOHN M. NICHOLSON After an illness extending over a few months, the death occurred on Wednesday ... last of Mr John McKen zie Nicholson, of Benalla. Deceased was 25 years of age. He was a native of ...
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