Michael JD White

Michael JD White
MJD White
Born 20 August 1910(1910-08-20)
London, United Kingdom
Died 16 December 1983(1983-12-16)
Fields Cytogenetics, Evolutionary biology
Institutions University College London, University of Melbourne
Alma mater University of London
Known for important contributions to cytogenetics and evolutionary biology

Michael James Denham White FRS (London, 20 August 1910 – Canberra, 16 December 1983)[1] was a zoologist and cytologist.

White was educated at University College London from 1927. He later held the posts of Reader in Zoology at UCL, Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas, Professor of Zoology (1958–1964) and Professor of Genetics (1964–1975) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1961, and won the Linnaean Medal of the Linnaean Society of London in 1983.

White made important contributions to the development of cytology and cytogenetics. His work was influential in the study of speciation in biology.


  • White, M.J.D. (1937; 6th ed 1973). The chromosomes. Methuen, London.. 
  • White, M.J.D. (1945; 4th ed 1973). Animal cytology and evolution. Cambridge University Press. 
  • White, M.J.D. (1978). Modes of speciation. Freeman. 
  • White M.J.D. and Webb G.C. Blattodea, Mantodea, Isoptera, Grylloblattodea, Phasmatodea, Dermaptera, and Embioptera. Borntraeger. ISBN 3443260055 (3-443-26005-5)
  • White M.J.D. (ed). Genetic mechanisms of speciation in insects. Symposia at the XIVth International Congress of Entomology, Canberra, Australia, 22-30 August 1972. Australian Academy of Science, Australian Entomological Society. Reidel. ISBN 9027704775 (90-277-0477-5)


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