Austin Williams

Dr. Andrew G. McArthur mcarthur at
Fri Oct 29 03:35:16 EST 1999

Dr. Austin B. Williams died yesterday, October 27, 1999.  I attach a
notice of his passing.

I am saddened to inform you that after a valiant fight with illness, Dr.
Austin B. Williams, research staff member of the Systematics Laboratory,
National Marine Fisheries Service, based at the National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution, passed away at his home yesterday, October
27. He was 80. At this point the family has not informed us of any final

Dr. Williams had a distinguished career spanning five decades, covering the
taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and evolution of various decapod
groups, both Fossil and Recent. Although he published numerous important
papers, he is probably best known for his invaluable and widely used "Marine
decapod crustaceans of the Carolinas" (1965), and its updated version
"Shrimps, lobsters, and crabs of the Atlantic coast of the eastern United
States" (1984). He was an active member of several professional societies.
His expertise and human qualities will be sorely missed. 

Rafael Lemaitre
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560-0163  USA
e-mail: lemaitre.rafael at

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