Anthony Dickinson

Honorary Research Professor, Department of Biology (Retd.)
International Centre and Department of Biology
Phone: 737-4356

Research Interests

Tony Dickinson has done extensive research on the history and practice of twentieth-century commercial whaling, especially in the western north Atlantic and the British Antarctic territories, and on the history and practice of commercial sealing in the Falkland Islands and southern circumpolar regions. A long-standing interest in the involvement of Newfoundland vessels and personnel in polar exploration, especially in Antarctica, has been resumed recently. Dickinson’s next publications will deal with this topic.

Dickinson and his collaborator, Chesley Sanger, were the recipients of the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s award for the best book on a Canadian nautical theme: Twentieth Century Shore Station Whaling in Newfoundland and Labrador was published by McGill - Queens’ University Press in 2005. Dickinson and Sanger received the L Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Institute and New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2008. This was in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the study of the history of whaling


Dickinson’s early career as biologist to the government of the Falkland Islands, gave him first hand experience as a biologist of whaling and sealing. He made his home on the whaling island of South Georgia in the 1960s. A teaching career in England and at Memorial University followed culminating in Twenty years of running an international development project in aquatic sciences for Memorial University of Newfoundland followed. Dickinson has published extensively in refereed journals individually and in partnership with Sanger.


  • University of London, BSc (Biology)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, MSc ( Biology)
  • University of Cambridge, MPhil (Polar Studies)
  • University of Cambridge, PhD (Geography)


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