Larkin, P.A.

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Larkin, P.A.

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1924-1996

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Peter Anthony Larkin was an eminent fisheries biologist, well-known and respected for his conservation, resource management, and environmental impact assessment. Born in New Zealand in 1924, he later moved to Canada as a child with his family. He received an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1946 and a D.Phil, from Oxford (where he was a Rhodes Scholar) in 1948. Larkin was appointed Chief Fisheries Biologist for the British Columbia Game Commission in 1948. He joined the faculty of UBC in 1955 as a professor of zoology and director of the Institute of Fisheries. From 1963 to 1966, he was Director of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada's Pacific Biological Station at Nanaimo, B.C., but returned to UBC in 1966. He was again Director of the Institute of Fisheries from 1966 to 1969 as well as Acting Head (1969-70) and Head (1972-75) of the Department of Zoology; Dean of Graduate Studies (1975-184); Associate Vice-President, Research (1980-86); and Vice President, Research (1986-88). Larkin continued to serve as a professor in both Institute of Fisheries (later the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology) and the Department of Zoology until his retirement in 1990 and was appointed to the honorary position of University Professor in 1988. After he retired, he chaired the Royal Society of Canada's Research Evaluation Unit at UBC and the Science Advisory Committee of the Northern River Basins Study in Alberta. In addition, he served on the interim governing council of the University of Northern British Columbia. An author of more than 160 scientific papers, he served on numerous local, national, and international commissions addressing a wide range of scientific and public policy issues. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and, shortly before his death in 1996, a recipient of the Order of British Columbia.

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