Foundation Dean of Science

Alan John (Jock) MARSHALL (1911-1967)

Dean, Faculty of Science (1961-1962)

Professor Marshall graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney (1940), and a PhD (1949) and Doctor of Science (1956) from the University of Oxford.

Early career

Professor Marshall was on the Honorary Scientific Staff of the Australian Museum, and joined a Harvard University expedition to Queensland and northern New South Wales, 1930; University of Oxford Expeditions to the New Hebrides, 1934 and the Mandated Territory of New Guinea and Dutch New Guinea, 1936; Austrian expedition to Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle, 1937; student demonstrator and tutor in zoology at University of Sydney, 1940-41; broadcaster for ABC children's radio program the 'Argonauts' Club', 1940s; led University of Oxford Expedition to Jan Mayen Island, Norway, 1947; demonstrator in zoology and animal physiology, University of Oxford, 1948-49; reader and head of Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, 1949-1959.

During World War II, Professor Marshall served as a captain in the Australian Imperial Forces Intelligence Corps in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Monash career

Professor Marshall was appointed foundation Chair of Biology in 1960 and in 1961 dean of the Faculty of Science. He did not seek re-election to the deanship. With the renaming of his department, he became the Professor of Zoology and Comparative Physiology in 1962. The Jock Marshall Reserve is named in his honour.

Minutes 1.1 of Council Meeting 6/67 (pdf 393kb)

Minute 2.3 of Council Meeting 6/67 - reserve (pdf 191kb)

External appointments/Awards-honours
  • Corresponding Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union (1955);
  • Visiting Scientist, East African Fisheries Research Organisation, Lake Victoria (1955, 1956);
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (1958);
  • Trumbull Lecturer, Yale University (1960)
Sources of information

Who's Who in Australia, 1965; personnel files.

Professor Jock Marshall

Jock Marshall  Reserve 1963
Photographer: Wolfgang Sievers