Dr. Charles Sibley

Subject: Dr. Charles Sibley
From: John Penhallurick <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 13:20:54 +1000
The following sad news has just come over birdchat, and I hasten to pass the
sad news on to Australian birders.

John Penhallurick

>Date:         Wed, 15 Apr 1998 22:33:56 -0400
>Reply-To: Eric Heineke <>
>Sender: "National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Chat Line)"
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>From: Eric Heineke <>
>Subject:      Dr. Charles Sibley
>Comments: To: ORNITHOL-L <>
>It is with deep regret that I learned of the passing of Dr. Charles Sibley
on Easter morning. His contributions to the systematics and taxonomy of
birds are invaluable.
>We at Thayer Birding Software had the honor and a privlege of working with
him for the past few years. Our condolences to his wife Frances, his family,
and all those in the birding community who have worked with him.
>He will be missed.
>Eric Heineke
>Thayer Birding Software
> |  513-561-0481
>The following is a brief outline of Dr. Sibley's life and contributions to
the field of ornithology:
>CHARLES G. SIBLEY, born August 7, 1917, Fresno, California, died April 12,
1998, Santa Rosa, California.
>A.B. 1940; Ph.D. 1948 in Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.
>Minor fields: Paleontology, Botany.
>1940-1941: Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley.
>1941-1942: Field Biologist, Bubonic Plague Suppressive Measures, U.S.
Public Health Service.
>1942-1945: U.S. Navy, Ensign to Lieut. Communications and Medical Service
>1946-1948. Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley.
>1948-1949: Instructor in Zoology and Curator of Birds, University of Kansas.
>1949-1953: Assistant Professor of Zoology, San Jose State College, California.
>1953-1965: Associate Professor and Professor of Zoology; Curator of Birds;
Cornell University.
>1965-1986: Professor of Biology and William Robertson Coe Prof. of
Ornithology, Dept of Biology; and Curator of Birds, Peabody Museum of Natural
>History, Yale University.
>1970-1976: Director, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.
>1986: Professor of Biology, Emeritus, Yale University.
>1986-1992: Dean's Professor of Science and Prof. of Biology, San Francisco
State University.
>1993- Adjunct Prof. of Biology, Sonoma State University (by invitation).
>Field Experience: United States: all regions and states. Mexico: six trips
(1939, 1941 (2), 1946, 1948, 1950. Honduras: 1973. Costa Rica: 1972. South
America: 1956, six countries. Europe: 1954, 1958, 1959-60 (sabbatic year),
1966, 1970, 1982, 1984, 1985 - mostly short visits; Africa: 1964, 1974, six
countries, short visits. Australia: 1963, 1968, 1974, 1983, short visits.
New Guinea: 1945, 1968, 1969. New Zealand: 1964, 1983, 1990. New Hebrides,
Solomon Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, Philippines: 1944-1945, 19 months.
Japan: Dec. 1992.
>Research Experience: Fossil birds, 1939-1942. Geographic variation,
speciation, and interspecific hybridization in wild bird populations,
1941-1957. Biochemical and molecular studies of proteins and DNAs of birds
and mammals -- phylogeny reconstruction, classification, rates of genomic
evolution, etc. 1957-1998.
>Affiliations and Other Activities:
>Member of ca. 15 scientific societies, U.S. and foreign;
>Fellow, Honorary, or Corresponding Fellow of seven; officer or council
member of five - 1946-present.
>Guggenheim Fellow, 1959-1960. Oxford University.
>Treasurer, American Ornithologists' Union, 1953-1962.
>Secretary-General, 13th International Ornithological Congress, 1958-1962.
>Brewster Memorial Medal of the American Ornithologists' Union, 1971.
>Editorial Board, Evolution, (past).
>Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Evolution, 1983-present.
>Editorial Board, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 1986-present.
>Editorial Board, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 1991 -present.
>President, American Ornithologists' Union, 1986-1988.
>President, 20th International Ornithological Congress, 1986-1990. New Zealand.
>Member, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., elected 1986.
>Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 1988
>Alessandro Ghighi Medal, National Institute of Wildlife Biology, Italy. 1991.
>Publications: 1939-present - 132 titles, of which 77 pertain to molecular
systematics and evolution.
>Four books: "Phylogeny and Classification of Birds" (with Jon Ahlquist).
Yale Univ. Press. 1990
>"Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World" (with Burt Monroe). Yale
Univ. Press. 1990
>"A World Checklist of Birds" (with Burt Monroe). Yale Univ. Press. 1993.
>"Birds of the World by Dr. Charles Sibley." Thayer Birding Software. 1995
> - Revised: April 15, 1998
>Copyright © 1996 Thayer Birding Software
Associate Professor John M. Penhallurick<>
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