- Philip Sheppard
name = Philip Sheppard
known_for = Population genetics of
lepidoptera, and work on Rh disease.
birth_date = birth date|1921|7|27|df=y
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.
death_date = death date|1976|10|17|df=y (Age 55)
death_cause = Acute leukaemia
occupation = Professor of
spouse = Patricia Beatrice Lee
children = 3 sonsProfessor Philip MacDonald Sheppard, F.R.S. (
27 July 1921– 17 October 1976) was a British geneticistand lepidopterist. He made advances in ecological and population geneticsin lepidoptera, pulmonate land snailsand 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 Collegefrom 1935 to 1939.
*1940 to 1945 -
Royal Air ForceVolunteer Reserve (prisoner-of-war from 1942 to 1945).
*1946 to 1948 - Studied
Zoologyat 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
*18 March 1965 - FRS
Darwin Medalof the Royal Society
Linnean Medal(Gold Medal) for Zoology from the Linnean Society of London Cyril Clarkeanswered an advert in an insect magazine for swallowtail butterfly pupathat 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
leukemiaon 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.
* [http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/mole/s/sheppard.htm Biography and list of papers]
NAME= Sheppard, Philip
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Professor of
DATE OF BIRTH= 27 July 1921
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.
DATE OF DEATH= 17 October 1976
PLACE OF DEATH=
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