CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3541
TitleProfessor George Mackenzie Dunnet, Regius Professor of Natural History: papers
Date1950 - 1991
Extent0.61 linear metres
Creator NameDunnet; George Mackenzie (1928-1995); Regius Professor of Natural History, Aberdeen
Administrative HistoryGeorge Mackenzie Dunnet, son of John G. Dunnet, Officer of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, was born in Dunnet, Caithness, on 19 Apr 1928. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen, BSc, 1949, PhD, 1952, and was awarded an honorary DSc in 1984. From 1952 - 1958 he was employed as research officer with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, in Australia, but in 1958 returned to Scotland where he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Natural History, at the University of Aberdeen. He became senior lecturer there in 1966, Professor of Zoology in 1971, and Regius Professor of Natural History in 1974. A leading international figure in nature conservation, he was president of the British Ecological Society, chairman of ten influential committees, and a member of many other related environmental organisations. In 1986 he was awarded an OBE, and in 1991 a CBE for his services to the environment. He died on 11 Sept 1995. He was married to Margaret H. Thomson, (MA, Aberdeen) on 5 Jan 1953.

For further details see Aberdeen University Review , 56 (1995 - 1996), 425 - 426; and The Ythan papers, presented in honour of George Dunnet at the University of Aberdeen Department of Zoology, 27, 28 and 29 March 1992, ed, by M.L. Gorman (Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, Dept of Zoology, 1997).

Culterty is one of the ecological field stations at the Department of Zoology and is part of the University of Aberdeen. It is an active centre for research and teaching in experimental and theoretical ecology. It is involved in conservation projects, and provide a base for the North Sea Bird Club. The field station is situated on the southern bank of the Ythan river estuary in the village of Newburgh, about 12 miles to the north of Aberdeen. The close proximity of the Ythan estuary and the Forvie Nature Reserve, on the northern bank of the Ythan, provide a focus for much of its research.
SourceDeposited in 1997
DescriptionThis deposit contains some further papers relating to Professor Dunnet's fulmar research, in particular, photographs of sites where birds were recorded, but there are also papers relating to his role as lecturer and professor at the University of Aberdeen, and as ecological advisor through the various organisations which he represented. These include files re. expeditions to Mole National Park, Ghana, 1974; Brazil, 1960s - 1970s; University of British Columbia, 1980s; and the Joint Aberdeen and Colombo Universities ecological expedition to Sri Lanka, 1978 and 1979 (for which field notebooks and printed reports are enclosed); files containing photocopies and articles re. penguins, 1970s; crown binder containing typed extracts (indexed) from academic papers on various natural history topics, ?1960s - 1970s; and correspondence with local and national organisations regarding environmental assessments, environmentally sensitive areas, etc., with related printed papers re. developments, recommendations, etc., 1970s - 1980s. In addition to these papers there is also a card index box containing Pyecroft's Petrel Burrow records, Lady Alice Island, 1982 - 1983.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialDepartment of Zoology, Culterty Field Station: Rook research papers: 1960s - 1980s (MSU 1453).

Department of Zoology, Culterty Field Station, Shelduck research papers: 1960s - 1980s (MSU 1250).

Interview with Professor Vero C. Wynne-Edwards (1906-1997), CBE , Professor of Natural History at Aberdeen, Vice-principal 1972-1974 (MS 3620/1/38).
Publication NoteGeorge M. Dunnet, Culterty Research Station: Bird Sanctuary to Research Station, Aberdeen University Review , 46 (1975 - 1976), 243 - 256.

The Ythan papers, presented in honour of George Dunnet at the University of Aberdeen Department of Zoology, 27, 28 and 29 March 1992, ed. by M.L. Gorman (Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, Dept of Zoology, 1997).
Related RecordMS 3365
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