The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

Max King

Max King was born in Melbourne in 1946, an only child. He enjoyed a career as an actor from the age of 10 to about 16; mostly at the Melbourne Little Theatre. Was married to his wife Pamela in 1969.

He completed a B.Sc. Honours degree at Latrobe University in 1970 and moved to Adelaide, where he completed a PhD in Genetics at the University of Adelaide in 1975.

From 1973 until 1984 he collected reptiles and amphibians across northern Australia for his scientific research work, and was usually in the field for from one to three months a year. During this period he found and described a dozen new species of Australian Reptile.

He was employed in the Dept. of Population Biology at The Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU until 1984, when he moved to the NT after his appointment as Curator of Terrestrial Vertebrates at the Museums of Arts and Sciences of the Northern Territory.

He and Pamela retired in 1993 and moved to Balranald in NSW in 1994, where they own the properties "Riverleigh" and "Baupie". There, they became farmers; breeding and fattening beef cattle and growing lucerne for hay.

Max King is a keen hunter, angler and conservationist, active within Australia and internationally. He has been a representative on a number of Government committees and authorities.

He is addicted to watching test cricket and test rugby. He began writing poetry in 2003 after a career of writing scientific papers (70); popular publications (50); two books; "Amphibian Cytogenetics" (Gebruder Borntrager, Stuttgart) and "Species Evolution" (Cambridge University Press) and several unpublished short stories.


Biology, Genetics, Reptiles, Amphibians, Terrestrial Vertebrates