n African Zoology - John Dawson Skinner - 17 September 1932 to 28 August 2011 : obituary

Volume 46, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Tireless, enthusiastic, eminent, concerned, caring, competitive, outstanding - these are all expressions that will forever remind many of us of John Dawson Skinner. John, the slightly ruddy 'Englishman' was keen on a game of squash, fond of good food, wine and whiskey, enthusiastic about the talent of youth, and had the vision to nurture excellence through recognition of hard work. John's appointment as Director of the Mammal Research Institute (MRI), a then semi-autonomous centre housed in the Department of Zoology heralded a new and exciting era at the University of Pretoria. In taking over the reins from Waldo Meester (the first director of the MRI), John thrust the MRI into the international arena of mammal research. Research of African mammals soon flourished and from an early emphasis on taxonomy, this research was extended to embrace mammalian systematics, physiology, behaviour and ecology.

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