Fonds MS-2-799 - Brian Hall fonds

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Brian Hall fonds

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  • [after 1958], 1965 - 2016 (Creation)

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3.5 m of textual records. - 1 USB thumb drive.

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Brian Hall, born on October 28, 1941 in New South Wales, was the George S. Campbell Professor of Biology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University. Throughout his career, Hall focused on evolutionary developmental biology (EVO-DEVO), bone and cartilage formation in developing vertebrae embryos, and the neural crest tissue of embryos.

Hall received his education from the University of New England in New South Wales, earning a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1963, a B.Sc. (Honors) in Zoology in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1968. He was hired as an assistant professor in Dalhousie’s Biology department after his graduation in 1968, became a full professor in 1975, and was the Chair of the department from 1978-1985. Hal became the Izaak Walton Killam Research Professor from 1990 to 1995, was the Faculty of Science Killam Professor of Biology from 1996 to 2001, the George S. Campbell Professor of Biology from 2001 to 2007, and finally, a University Research Professor from 2002 to 2007. His book publications include “Evolutionary Developmental Biology”; “The Neural Crest in Development and Evolution”; “The Origin and Evolution of Larval Forms”; and “Variation: A Central Concept in Biology”.

Brian Hall retired from teaching and became an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Dalhousie in 2007. He focused on research and writing on embryonic skeletal development and evolutionary developmental biology, as well as removing gout weed from half an acre of Nova Scotia. He was appointed Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University in 2008, and received an honorary Doctors of Laws (LL.D) degree from the University of Calgary in 2014.

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Fonds contain materials relating to the work and teaching of Brian Hall. Items include awards and notices of awards received by Hall, correspondence regarding his work and achievements, lecture and class notes from courses Hall taught, information regarding grants earned, early Zoology schoolwork, publication information and original figures, media coverage, and seminars given. Items also include photographs and a reference card system with related card sorting sticks.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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