Form, Function and Fisheries: The Scientific Legacy of Edward Stuart Russell

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


18:00–19:00 Thursday 17 November 2016  

161117 E S Russell

E S Russell (1887-1954), a zoology graduate of Glasgow University, was President of the Linnean Society 1940-42. This year marks the centenary of his seminal book Form and Function: A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology and therefore seems an appropriate time to assess his legacy. Russell’s professional career was as a fisheries scientist whose work shaped much of our thinking and public policy towards biological resources; influencing the direction of fisheries management for more than 50 years. But his contributions were much wider than this implies. His books discussed the relationship between animal development, form, function and behaviour. The meeting will ask why Russell’s thoughts remain relevant to-day.

Introduced by Gordon McGregor Reid, Past President of the Linnean Society. Speakers: Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education, University of Glasgow, with research interests principally in the life histories of amphibians and marine turtles. Carl O’Brien FLS is Defra Chief Fisheries Science Adviser and the 2015 Buckland Professor.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception. 

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