Members of INTECOL will have been saddened to learn the death of
George A. Knox which occurred on 4th August 2008. He was 89 years
George spent his whole academic career at the University of
Canterbury, New Zealand, but was very prominent in international science.
He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Zoology in Canterbury in 1949, retiring
as Professor and Head of Department in 1984. He was best known for his studies
of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine biology. He had a long involvement
with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Science (SCAR) as the New Zealand
delegate initially, serving latterly as Secretary and then President.
George played a leading role in both the establishment and
running of INTECOL. He was a founding Board Member when INTECOL was established
in 1967 in Montreux, Switzerland at the XVI General Assembly of IUBS. He was
both Secretary General (1974-1978) and President (1978-1982), and continued
on the Board for a further eight years, the first four as Past President and
from 1986-1990 as an elected Board Member. George attended all the International
Congresses of Ecology up to and including the Montreal Congress in 2005 when
he was elected as an Honorary Member of INTECOL.
Other honours he achieved
in his long and distinguished career included Membership of the Order of the
British Empire (1985), Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2001), and
the New Zealand Antarctic 50th Anniversary Award (2007) in recognition of his
great contribution to Antarctic science.
He was a great friend and supporter of INTECOL. As well as being a
distinguished scientist, George was a generous and kindly man who is sadly missed
by his many INTECOL friends, not least by the Officers and Board.
Professor Rebecca R. Sharitz
Professor John A. Lee