If you would like to send a photo or anecdote about David to be shared during the conference, please send to Chris Pomory before Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Thank you to John Lawrence for providing the photograph and writing the following bios.
From left to right: John Miller, Gordon Hendler, Porter Kier, and David Pawson. This photo was taken by Jeff Tinsley in 1984.
David Pawson was a student at Victoria University in New Zealand when he became interested in marine biology. He did his doctoral work there with H. B. Fell and came to the U.S. at the same time that Fell became a professor at Harvard University. The Smithsonian Institution was seeking an invertebrate biologist and Fell recommended David, who joined the staff at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in 1964. He has retired this year after fifty years at the NMNH.
His research began with sea cucumbers and this has continued. He broadened his efforts to study deep-sea echinoderms and participated in many submersible dives to investigate them. His most recent report in 2013 with his wife, Doris, was on the covering behavior in deep-sea echinoids (Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 92:207-213).
David made important contributions to the echinoderm community when he initiated the Echinoderm Newsletter in 1968 to facilitate communication among echinoderm biologists before electronic communication existed. He hosted an international conference on echinoderms at the NMNH in 1972 that has perpetuated itself as the International Conference on Echinoderms.
He is an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University, The American University and The Johns Hopkins University.
Gordon Hendler has been Curator of Echinoderms at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County since 1985. He did his undergraduate work at Rutgers University and received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 1973. Post-doctoral studies were at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama at the Galeta Marine Laboratory. Gordon has published extensively on the taxonomy, systematics and ecology and biology of ophiuroids from the Aleutian Islands to the tropics to the Antarctic. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California.