Lamberts, Austin E.

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Biographical History

Austin E. Lamberts was born in Michigan in 1914 and studied in the medical school of the University of Michigan. During WWII he served as a flight surgeon in the South Pacific. After an accident rendered his right hand paralyzed, he turned his interests to marine zoology, completing his PhD from the University of Hawaii. Austin traveled the globe extensively, becoming a world expert on coral taxonomy, pioneering new techniques in electron microscopy, reclassifying Pacific coral and discovering several new coral species. Throughout his 70's and well into his 80's, Austin also worked as a medical missionary, traveling to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Panama, Haiti, Tanzania, Cambodia, Thailand, Rwanda, and the South Pacific.


Austin E. Lamberts. Life Story/Obituary (2006). Retrieved June 21, 2017 from

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  • Marine invertebrate zoologists
  • Marine biologists


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  • Marine biologists
  • Marine invertebrate zoologists