Robert McNeill Alexander - Curriculum vitae#


Obituary, The Telegraph

Qualifications:
  • B.A. Cambridge 1955
  • Ph.D. Cambridge 1958
  • M.A. Cambridge 1959
  • D.Sc. Wales 1969
  • Fellow of the Institute of Biology 1969

Posts:
  • University College of North Wales
    • Assistant Lecturer 1958-61
    • Lecturer 1961-68
    • Senior Lecturer 1968-69
  • University of Leeds
    • Emeritus Professor 1999-
    • Research Professor 1999-2007
    • Professor of Zoology 1969-1999
    • Head of Department of Pure and Applied Zoology 1969-1978 and 1983-1987
    • Deputy Head of Department of Pure and Applied Biology 1987-1992

Honours:
  • Minor (1952) and later Major (1953) Scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
  • Scientific Medal, Zoological Society of London 1969
  • Linnean Medal for Zoology, Linnean Society of London 1979
  • Harris Memorial Lecturer, University of Bristol, 1980
  • Honorary Member, American Society of Zoologists (now the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology), 1986
  • Woolmer Memorial Lecturer, Biological Engineering Society, 1986
  • William Smith lecturer, Geological Society, 1987
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1987
  • Barrington Memorial Lecturer, University of Nottingham, 1991
  • Bidder lecturer, Society for Experimental Biology, 1991
  • Muybridge Medal, International Society for Biomechanics, 1991
  • Alley Memorial Lecturer, University of Iowa, 1994
  • Member, Academia Europaea, 1996
  • Palaeontological Society Annual Address, 1996
  • Huxley Lecturer, University of Birmingham, 1997
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Biomechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1997
  • Symposium in Robert McNeill Alexander's honour at the Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, subsequently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, 1999.
  • Robert McNeill Alexander's successor at Leeds University, Professor J. M. V. Rayner, is given the title Alexander Professor of Zoology, 1999
  • Pearl Memorial Lecturer, Human Biology Association, 2000
  • Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2000.
  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001.
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Aberdeen, 2002.
  • Samuel Haughton Lecturer, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, 2003.
  • Honorary doctorate, University of Wageningen, 2003.
  • Honorary Fellow, Zoological Society of London, 2003.
  • Borelli Award, American Society for Biomechanics, 2003.
  • Member, European Academy of Sciences, 2004.

Committees:
  • Society for Experimental Biology,
    • Member of Council 1966-68
    • Vice-President 1993-95
    • President 1995-97
  • Science Research Council, Biological Sciences Committee
    • member of Advisory Group III 1972-74
    • chairman of Advisory Group III 1974-77
    • member of Biological Sciences
    • Committee 1974-77
  • Royal Society -
    • Government Grant Board G 1979-82
    • Government Grant Board H 1991-94
    • Sectional Committee 7 1987-89
    • Sectional Committee 9 1989-90, 1998-2001
    • (chairman 1999- )
    • Education Committee 1988-89
    • Chairman, Biological Education Committee 1988-89
    • Soiree Committee 1989-93
    • Editorial Board, Phil. Trans. B 1989-94
    • Editorial Board, Proceedings B 1994-97
    • Editor, Proceedings B 1998-2004
    • Research Fellowships Panel Bii 1994-96
    • Publications Management Committee 1995-2004
  • Zoological Society of London -
    • Publications Committee 1983-88
    • Awards Committee 1984-99
    • Council 1988-91
    • Vice-President 1990-91
    • Secretary 1992-99
  • Secondary Examinations Council 18+ Biology Committee 1984-86
  • National Committee for Biophysics 1985-90
  • Zoology Liaison Group (Heads of University Zoology Depts.) 1986-88
  • Adviser, Association of Commonwealth Universities 1983-89
  • University of London, Standing Panel of Experts in Biology 1981-
  • Chairman of Advisory Board, McGraw-Hill/IBiS project 1991-2
  • Chairman of Biodiversity Consortium, Teaching and Learning Technology Programme 1992-8
  • Honorary Council Member Rural Buildings Preservation Trust 1994-2001
  • Honorary Research Associate, City of Leeds Museum 1994-
  • President, International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists 1997-2001
  • Director, Biosis UK 1999-2003
  • Chairman of the Advisory Group, Learning and Teaching Support Network Centre for Bioscience, 2001-2003.
  • Chairman of the International Advisory Board, Virtual School of Biodiversity, University of Nottingham, 2001-2003.
    • Member, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Advisory Committee, 2001-
  • Visiting Professorships, for periods of a few weeks or months each
    • Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology 1973
  • Duke University, Department of Zoology 1975
  • University of Nairobi, Department of Animal Physiology 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Zoological Institute, University of Basel 1986
  • St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia 1990
  • University of California, Davis 1992

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