27 December 2008

Prof Murphy: Singapore's Zoologist Extraordinaire

Shobana Kesava of the Straits Times interviews Singapore'S first, and longest-serving, zoologist. Prof Murphy known affectionately as 'Paddy' Murphy is a legend among local zoologists and naturalists.

A British citizen who moved here in 1960, Prof Murphy never bothered to write a doctoral thesis. But his wealth of expertise led to him being made an associate professor in 1983 at the then-University of Malaya and later the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He retired after 31 years in 1991. Recognised as one of the most outstanding insect taxonomists in the region, however, he still serves as a consultant to the Government and companies in the identification of medical, forestry, agricultural and stored-product pests.

Full story on the wildsingapore news blog.

He was crowned "King of the Mangroves" during the recent launch of Private Lives: An Exposé of Singapore’s Mangroves.
Photo from the RMBR news blog

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