Reminiscences of Brian G. Gardiner (1932–2021)

Reminiscences of Brian G. Gardiner (1932–2021)

  • Ángel L. Viloria Centro de Ecología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)


Professor Brian G. Gardiner (born October 30th, 1932), a British paleontologist and zoologist, passed away at the age of 88 on January 21st, 2021. We received this sad news with deep regret. Linked for more than sixty-five years to various academic institutions in London, Brian became an influential scientist, recognized and appreciated world-wide, both for his original contributions to the study of
fossil fish and for his personal charisma. He will be remembered as a first class supervisor of students of various nationalities. In this last aspect he left a Gardinerian School scattered over the five continents. His scientific career was very early related to the paleontological collections of The Natural History Museum (NHMUK). There he cultivated best friends among colleagues and participated in controversial discussion circles made up mostly of paleontologists, ichthyologists, entomologists, and botanists. He was even reputed to have been a founding member of a little but noisy “gang of four” ichthyologists (Reid et al. 2021). Over the years, an extraordinary international network of academic relationships and friends was built around Brian Gardiner.


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Ángel L. Viloria, Centro de Ecología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC)

Centro de Ecología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC), km 11 carretera Panamericana, Altos de Pipe, Edo. Miranda 1204, Venezuela.


Berwick, L., G. Douglas & R. I. Vane-Wright (eds.). 2021. Bibliography of the published works of Brian George Gardiner PPLS (1932–2021). [London]: [The Linnean Society of London], [8] pp. (available at Gardiner_full-bibliography.pdf )

Gardiner, B. G. 2001. Lampreys, the food of Kings. The Linnean 17(4): 21–26.

Gardiner, B. G. 2003. The Piltdown forgery: a restatement of the case against Hinton. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 139: 315–335.

Gardiner, B. G. & A. Currant. 1996. The Piltdown Hoax. Who done it. London: The Linnean Society of London, 8 pp. (available at down/map_prim_suspects/hinton/hinton_prosecution/ pilthoax_whodunnit.html)

Gee, H. 1996. Box of bones ‘clinches’ identity of Piltdown palaeontology hoaxer. Nature 381: 261‒262.

Janvier, P. 2001. Appendix. Classical French Recipe: Matelotte [sic] de Lamproie. The Linnean 17(4): 27.

Reid, G.M. 2021. Brian Gardiner obituary. The Guardian, Thursday 15th April 2021 science/2021/apr/15/brian-gardiner-obituary

Reid, G. M., R. I. Vane-Wright, G. Douglas, N. Gardiner & L. Berwick. 2021. A tribute to Brian George Gardiner PPLS (1932–2021). The Linnean 37(1): 12–18.

Richter, M. 2021. The passing of Prof. Brian George Gardiner FLS. Pangaea Earth Sciences News [London: The Natural History Museum], 6 March 2021 (available at https://www. Prof_Brian_George_Gardiner)

Stringer, C. 2012. The 100-year mystery of Piltdown man. Nature 492: 177–179.
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Viloria, Ángel L. (2021). Reminiscences of Brian G. Gardiner (1932–2021): Reminiscences of Brian G. Gardiner (1932–2021). Anartia, (32), 94-100.