Philip Sheppard

Philip Sheppard

name = Philip Sheppard

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known_for = Population genetics of lepidoptera, and work on Rh disease.
birth_date = birth date|1921|7|27|df=y
birth_place = Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.
death_date = death date|1976|10|17|df=y (Age 55)
death_place =
death_cause = Acute leukaemia
occupation = Professor of Genetics
spouse = Patricia Beatrice Lee
(married 1948–1976)
children = 3 sons
Professor Philip MacDonald Sheppard, F.R.S. (27 July 1921–17 October 1976) was a British geneticist and lepidopterist. He made advances in ecological and population genetics in lepidoptera, pulmonate land snails and humans. In medical genetics, he worked with Sir Cyril Clarke on Rh disease.

He was born on 27 July 1921 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and attended Marlborough College from 1935 to 1939.

*1940 to 1945 - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (prisoner-of-war from 1942 to 1945).
*1946 to 1948 - Studied Zoology at Worcester College, Oxford University.
*1956 to 1959 - Lecturer at Liverpool University
*1959 to 1962 - Reader at Liverpool University
*1963 to 1976 - Professor of genetics at Liverpool University
*18 March 1965 - FRS
*1974 - Darwin Medal of the Royal Society
*1975 - Linnean Medal (Gold Medal) for Zoology from the Linnean Society of London

Cyril Clarke answered an advert in an insect magazine for swallowtail butterfly pupa that had been placed by Sheppard. They met and began working together in their common interest of lepidoptery. They also worked on Rh disease.

In 1961 Sheppard started a colony of scarlet tiger moths by the Wirral Way, West Kirby, Merseyside, which were rediscovered in 1988 by Cyril Clarke, who continued to observe them in his retirement to study changes in the moth population.

Sheppard married Patricia Beatrice Lee in 1948. They had three sons. He died of acute leukemia on October 17, 1976.


*Sheppard P.M. 1958. "Natural Selection and Heredity". London: Hutchinson. last ed 1975.

*Dictionary of Scientific Biography vol 18 pp 814-816.

*Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1977 vol 23 pp 465-500, plate, by Sir Cyril Clarke.

* [ Biography and list of papers]

NAME= Sheppard, Philip
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Professor of Genetics
DATE OF BIRTH= 27 July 1921
PLACE OF BIRTH= Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.
DATE OF DEATH= 17 October 1976

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