Dr. Dennis Chitty has studied wild animal population cycles for more than 60 years and is regarded as a world expert on lemmings. He came to Canada in 1930 and worked with the Ontario Fisheries Research Laboratory summers while an undergraduate at the U of T. He has written many scientific papers on the changes in natural populations of animals, especially small mammals. Chitty’s studies are cited in all ecological textbooks and he has inspired a large number of experimental ecologists. His book Do Lemmings Commit Suicide?: Beautiful Hypotheses and Ugly Facts was released in 1996 (See Review).
Dr. Chitty passed away on February 3, 2010.
Sources: Canadian Who’s Who 1993; The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 ed.; BC Centre for Curriculum Transfer & Technology.
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- September 18, 1912
- Bristol, England
- Professor Emeritus of Zoology, UBC (1961-1978)
- University of British Columbia
- BA, University of Toronto, 1935
- MA, Oxford University, 1947
- DPhil, Oxford University, 1949
- DSc, Oxford University
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1969
- Master Teacher Award, 1973
- Fry Medal, 1988
- Last Updated
- April 8, 2015
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