This Day In History: 1903-06-09
Gilbert Percy Whitley (1903 – 1975) was born on this day. He was a British-born Australian ichthyologist and malacologist, Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum in Sydney (1925 – 1964). Whitley published around 500 papers and five books on the fishes of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the South Pacific, and during his term of office doubled the size of the ichthyological collection to 37,000 specimens through his many collecting expeditions.
He is commemorated in the establishment of the Whitley Awards by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, awarded for excellence in zoological publications relating to the fauna of the Australasian region (1979).
Whitley described hundreds of new taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under whitleyi.