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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Professor Arthur Dendy

Professor Arthur Dendy, D.Sc., who occupies the Chair of Biology at Canterbury College, was born near Manchester in 1865, educated privately, at the Manchester Grammar School, and afterwards at the Victoria University (Owens College), Manchester After four years he graduated M.Sc., and subsequently gained the D.Sc., being the first to attain that distinction in the university; it was granted for original research, done largely in Australia. Before leaving England he was on the staff of the Natural History Department in the British Museum, and reported on some of the collections of the “Challenger” expedition. He arrived in the Colony of Victoria in 1888 as demonstrator and assistant-lecturer at the University of Melbourne., where he remained for six years, and was afterwards appointed to the Chair of Biology in March, 1896. Dr. Dendy is a member of the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, of which he was president for two years. He is an honorary member of the Royal Society of Tasmania, and a corresponding member of the Royal Society of Victoria. He was married in 1888 to a daughter of the late Mr. Lonis Courtauld, an English barrister, and has three daughters and one son.