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Biography of Dr Margaret Ann Chapman

Margaret Ann Chapman
Margaret Ann Chapman

Margaret Ann Chapman graduated PhD from the University of Glasgow on the 14th of January 1966. Chapman was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on the 14th of January 1937, and educated at Southland and Otago Girls High Schools. In 1960 she graduated with an MSc from the University of Otago, with a thesis on the taxonomy and ecology of New Zealand freshwater ostracods. Chapman moved to Glasgow in 1962, and commenced her PhD studies on 'Ecological Studies on the Zooplankton of Loch Lomond', under the supervision of Dr Harry Slack.

Upon graduating Chapman became Assistant Lecturer in Zoology at Glasgow University, before moving to the University of Auckland in 1967 to take up a lectureship in Zoology. In 1970 Chapman was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, and in 1971 she led a three-week scientific expedition to Antarctica, making her the first woman to lead an Antarctic expedition. Lake Chapman, near Granite Harbour, Antarctica, is named after her. She retired from the University of Waikato in 1996, a well-respected and well-liked academic, and died on the 23rd of May 2009.

A small selection of Margaret Ann Chapman's slide specimens can be seen here on the Hunterian Museum catalogue, and can be viewed on request.


Dr Margaret Ann Chapman
Born 14 January 1937.
Died 23 May 2009.
GU Degree: PhD, 1966; Faculty of Science,
University Link: Lecturer
English snippet: PhD graduate of the University of Glasgow 1903
Record last updated: 3rd Dec 2018

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