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DEATH OF PROFESSOR PARKER.

New Zealand has lost one of her cleverest me 9’ Dr.Parker, Professor of Biology at the University of Otago, died yesterday morning, about ones o’clock, at Warrington. Until the last week or so nobody but the doctor’s closest friends knew that he was really ill, but as a matter of fact it was so long ago as September of 1893 that ho first learned from his medical adviser that he was suffering from diabetes. The winter just passed left him much worse, and an attack of influenza preying upon a weakened system made him very weak. He therefore had’ to throw up his work and retire to the country for a rest, and he chose Warrington. The change at first appeared to have a reviving influence, but he suddenly experienced a relapse about a week ago, and eventually fell into a state of unconsciousness from which he never rallied. Thomas Jeffrey Parker, to use his full name, was born in London in 1850, being the son of Dr W. Kitchen Parker, a gold medallist of the Royal Society and a man who had gained distinction as a student of animal morphology. The deceased gentleman took his degree of bachelor of science at the University of London, and at the conclusion of his course he was appointed demonstrator to Professor Huxley. On the chair of biology in the University of Otago becoming vacant, some twenty years ago, Dr Parker was appointed to it in succession to Professor Hutton. At the time he was selected for that responsible position he was still demonstrator for Professor Huxley, by whom he was highly recommended to the local University authorities. In 1892 he received from his alma mater the degree of doctor of science, the regulations being relaxed in his case so that he had not to proceed "Home for the honors. His duties in Dunedin included the control of the Museum, and this /office he discharged with enthusiasm, while as a teacher bis methods were characterised by force, lucidity, and as near an approach to exhaustive knowledge as any scientific man could aspire to. As a biologist his work was of the highest order, and it may honestly be said that to his ability as president and secretary the Otago Institute largely owes its success daring recent years. He was also a man of extensive general knowledge, having a large aquaintance with books and being a consistent patron of the arts. In original research he made his name with his monograph on * The Anatomy and Development of Apteryx’—in which connection it may bo mentioned that the Royal Society made him' a special grant towards the study of the development of the tuatara and apteryx and his treatise on ‘Zootomy,’ published in 1884, is the best work on the subject in the English language. It has been extensively adopted wherever biology is taught, has been translated into German, and has met with wide acceptance in the land of scientific treatises. One authority says; “ The book is indispensable to' those who wish to make, a thoroughly practical study of the common vertebrate types. 7 * In 1893 appeared ‘Lessons in Elementary Biology,’ an ably - conceived and executed work. For the last few years Dr Parker was engaged, id conjunction with Dr Haswell, of Sydney University, in bringing out a compendious work on zoology, the last proofsheets of which left the author’s hands a

few weeks ago. Foreign honors were not sought for by him,, but he was elected an Associated! the Linnean Society of London before he came oat to the colony, while in

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DEATH OF PROFESSOR PARKER., Issue 10465, 8 November 1897

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DEATH OF PROFESSOR PARKER. Issue 10465, 8 November 1897

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