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Dr. John Whittaker (NHM, London) received the Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research at the annual Cushman Reception held at the Geological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon. Due to an injury, John was not able to be there in person. His wife, Christine, and two of his sons, Jonathan and Robin, received the award on his behalf.
John is an excellent scientist who is internationally respected as one of the foremost taxonomists (of foraminifera and ostracods) in the world. Since taxonomy underpins all stratigraphic, ecological and palaeoecological applications of microfossils, his work is of fundamental importance.
A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a student of John Haynes and Robin Whatley, John has spent his entire working life (1971–2005) in the British Museum (Natural History), now Natural History Museum, London. He was Head of the Micropalaeontology Division (1988–2002) and supervised curation of the collections and Heron-Allen library, and managed the career development of numerous colleagues. He retired in 2005 (only because the conditions of employment required him to retire at 60) but continues to work several days a week as an NHM Honorary Scientific Associate. John is continuing to make significant contributions to our …