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Hope Professorship of Zoology at Oxford : Dr. G. C. Varley

Nature volume 162, page 174 (31 July 1948) | Download Citation



DR. G. C. VARLEY, who has been appointed to the Hope professorship of zoology at Oxford, was educated at Manchester Grammar School and went up to Cambridge with a major open scholarship in natural science at Sidney Sussex College in 1929. He obtained a first class in both parts of the Natural Sciences Tripos and was awarded the Frank Smart Prize for zoology in 1933. In the same year he was appointed to a research studentship at Sidney Sussex College and became superintendent of the Entomological Field Station. During 1935-38 he was a research fellow of his College and in the latter year he obtained the degree of Ph.D. for a thesis on "The Natural Control of the Knap-weed Gallfly". In 1938 he was appointed to a University demonstratorship and became curator of insects in the University Museum of Zoology at Cambridge. During the early part of the War, he was engaged in research on Wire-worm control, and in 1941 he joined the Army Operational Research Group of the Ministry of Supply. Here he did distinguished work on the application of radar to coast defence and was promoted to the rank of senior experimental officer. After the end of the War, in 1945, he Was appointed to the readership in entomology in the Department of Zoology at King‘s College, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Dr. Varley‘s main interests lie in the field of population studies with particular reference to insects, and he has a wide knowledge of the whole field of ecology. He is a first-class naturalist and a man who has exceptional powers for interesting his students in all branches of his subject. His new appointment will give him the opportunity of developing to the full his chosen field of Work at a university which has already made such important contributions to the study of animal ecology.

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