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Gordon Howell Orians

Gordon Howell Orians, American biology professor.


  • Orians, Gordon Howell was born on July 10, 1932 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Howard Lester and Marion Meta (Senty) Orians.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1960.


    • Assistant professor zoology University Washington, Seattle, 1960-1964, associate professor, 1964-1968, professor, 1968-1995, professor emeritus, since 1995. Active Washington State Ecological Commission, Olympia, 1970-1975, ecology advisory committee Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, 1974-1979. Assembly life science NAS/National Research Council, Washington, 1977-1983, environmental studies and toxicology board, 1991—2003.



    1st lieutenant United States Army, 1955-1956. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, American Institute Biological Sciences (Distinguished Service award 1994), American Ornithologists Union (Brewster award 1976), American Society Naturalists, Animal Behavior Society, Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Sciences, Organization for Tropical Studies (president 1988-1994), Ecological Society of America (vice president 1975-1976, president 1995-1996, Eminent Ecologist award 1998).



    Hiking, opera.


    • Married Elizabeth Ann Newton, June 25, 1955. Children: Carlyn Elizabeth, Kristin Jean, Colin Mark.
    • father: Howard Lester Orians
    • mother: Marion Meta (Senty) Orians
    • spouse: Elizabeth Ann Newton
    • children: Carlyn Elizabeth Orians
    • Kristin Jean Orians
    • Colin Mark Orians
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    • 1954
      University Wisconsin
    • 1960
      University California
    • 1960 - 1964
      Assistant, professor zoology University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States