Nature 163, 518-519 (02 April 1949) | doi:10.1038/163518a0

Prof. Walter Garstang



THROUGH tlre death of Prof. Walter Garstang on February 23, at the age of eighty-one, zoology has lost one on its most prominent personalities—scholar, investigate and teacher. The son of Dr. W. Garstang of Blackburn, he entered Jesus College, Oxford, as a medical student in 1884, and, abandoning that course graduated with honours in zoology. In 1888 he was appointed as assistant to G. C. Bourne, the first director of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and a few years later became assistant naturalist there. The year 1893 saw him back again in Oxford as Fellow of Lincoln College and lecturer in zoology under Ray Lankester ; but in 1897 he was again established in Plymouth as chief naturalist in charge of fishery investigations. In 1901, he directed from Plymouth, and later from Lowestoft, Great Britain’s part of the larger international programme of research on the North Sea fisheries. In 1907, the University of Leeds invited him to the chair of zoology—a position which he accepted and continued to hold until 1933, when he retired to Oxford to continue his researches there.