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Subject: Peter Sneath (1923-2011)
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:35:53 -0400
From: F. James Rohlf <ro...@life.bio.sunysb.edu>
Reply-To: <ro...@life.bio.sunysb.edu>
To: morphmet <morphmet_modera...@morphometrics.org>

It is with great sadness that I must report that Peter Sneath, one of the founders of numerical taxonomy and the Classification Society, died on Friday September 9th. The funeral was held on October 5th.

Morphometricians may know of his 1967 paper on "Trend-surface analysis of transformation grids" published in the Journal of Zoology. He was best known for his pioneering work with R. R. Sokal that introduced the use of statistical and mathematical methods to create classifications. He remained a true gentleman despite the often heated arguments that resulted - first about whether such methods and computers should be used at all in taxonomy and then later about which methods should be used.

There is a brief announcement of his death published by the University of Leicester here:

An obituary is available here:

Another notice is available here:
(There are also many comments in response to the notice, some relevant and some not at all.)

I am sure there are many more.

F. James Rohlf, John S. Toll Professor
Dept. Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University
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