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Entomologist , university professor , zoologist , arachnologist

Norman I. Platnick, American Curator, arachnologist. Vice president Center International de Documentation Arachnologie, 1986-1989 (president 1995-1998). Fellow Willi Hennig Society (founder, president 1990-1992); member American Arachnological Society (charter, membership secretary since 1976).

Background

Platnick, Norman I. was born on December 30, 1951 in Bluefield, West Virginia, United States. Son of Philip and Fannie (Kascenewsky) Platnick.

Education

A 1973 Ph.D. recipient at Harvard University, Platnick has described over 1,800 species of spiders from around the world, making him the second most prolific arachnologist in history, behind only Eugène Simon.

Career

He is a Professor Emeritus of the Richard Gilder Graduate School and Peter J. Solomon Family Curator Emeritus of the invertebrate zoology department of the American Museum of Natural History. Until 2014 he was also the maintainer of the World Spider Catalog, a website formerly hosted by the AMNH which tracks the arachnology literature, and attempts to maintain a comprehensive list, sorted taxonomically, of every species of spider which has been formally described. Platnick is recognized as a world leader in spider taxonomy.

Dr. Quentin D. Wheeler stated "He is the best arachnologist of his generation, has published more monographs and nomenclatural contributions than anyone, period." Ph. & I. I. E., Coddington, J.A., PDF Platnick's most recent undertaking involes the goblin spiders of Oonopidae as a part of the Planetary Biodiversity Inventory, a project which includes scientific institutions from across the world. There are currently about 1,600 recorded species in 114 genera, but estimates have been placed as high as 2,500.

The project aims to flesh out the recorded species list and gain a more exact picture of the family's Phylogeny through DNA analysis.

Achievements

  • In 2007 he received the International Society of Arachnology's Bonnet award, named for Pierre Bonnet, in recognition for his work on the catalog.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The World Spider Catalog. Co-author: Systematics and Biogeography, 1981. Co-editor: Advances in Cladistics, 1983.

Views

Quotations: "He is the best arachnologist of his generation, has published more monographs and nomenclatural contributions than anyone, period.".

Membership

Vice president Center International de Documentation Arachnologie, 1986-1989 (president 1995-1998). Fellow Willi Hennig Society (founder, president 1990-1992). Member American Arachnological Society (charter, membership secretary since 1976).

Connections

Married Nancy Stewart Price, June 14, 1970. 1 child, William Durin.

father:
Philip Platnick

mother:
Fannie (Kascenewsky) Platnick

spouse:
Nancy Stewart Price

child:
William Durin Platnick