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Harrison, Launcelot (1880 - 1928)

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Zoologist and Entomologist
Born: 13 July 1880  Wellington, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 20 February 1928  Narooma, New South Wales, Australia.
Launcelot Harrison was Challis Professor of Zoology at the Unviersity of Sydney from 1922. Initially he worked in the insurance industry, but having been an avid amateur naturalist from childhood, he decided to switch careers. First Harrison had to formalise his training, so he completed a Bachelor of Science with a Zoology major (1914) and then a Bachelor of Art by Research (1916). While carrying out postgraduate research in England, Harrison was enlisted in the military as a Lieutenant and Advisory Entomologist to the British Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia. In 1918, while still on active service, he was appointed Lecturer and Demonstrator in Zoology at the University of Sydney. Harrison did not take up the post until July 1919 and remained there until his sudden death in 1928. During his time at the University, he totally revitalised and revamped the Zoology Department and sparked new areas of research. Harrison was also active outside the University and was President of the Royal Zoological (1923-24), and the Linnean (1928) Societies of New South Wales and a trustee of the Australian Museum, Sydney, from 1924.

Career Highlights

1900 - c. 1910Joined the Citizens' Life Assurance Co.
1911 - 1914Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1913 - 1914Junior Demonstrator in Zoology and Botany at the University of Sydney
1914 - 1916Bachelor of Arts (BA Research) completed at Emmanuel College at Cambridge, UK while on a 1851 Exhibition Scholarship
1919Lecturer and Demonstrator in Zoology at the University of Sydney
1920 - 1922Acting Professor and Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Sydney
1922 - 1928Challis Professor of Zoology at the University of Sydney
1923 - 1924President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1924 - Trustee of the Australian Museum in Sydney
1925Tails and Tarradiddles: an Australian Book of Birds and Beasts a book of verse for children written and illustrated under the name of 'Alter Ego'
1925Multidisciplinary scientific expedition to Barrington Tops in New South Wales
1928President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales

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