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
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University Press) and several unpublished short stories.
Genetics, Reptiles, Amphibians, Terrestrial Vertebrates