Dr Michael Howarth
Michael Howarth obtained a BSc degree in Geology at Manchester University in 1953, and then completed a PhD in 1956 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the biostratigraphy and ammonite fauna of part of the British Lower Jurassic. Later that year he joined the staff of the Palaeontology Department of The Natural History Museum in charge of fossil Cephalopoda, where he became Assistant Keeper from 1980 until his retirement in 1992. Papers and monographs written during this time include descriptions of Jurassic and Cretaceous ammonite faunas from many parts of the world, some based on his own collecting, including Britain, Italy, northern Iraq, Yemen, Tanzania, Angola, Canada, and the Antarctic Peninsula. He has a long-standing interest in, and use of, nomenclature in the taxonomy of fossil cephalopods, which is still ongoing in his recent completion of part of the Jurassic ammonite volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology.
He was Treasurer of the Palaeontographical Society of London from 1959 until 1986, and Trustee of the same society until 2005, then Secretary and Managing Director of the ITZN from 1986 until 2005. He has been a Fellow of the Geological Society since 1954. He exercises an overview of the financial position of the Trust, and for the past 15 years he has prepared the annual accounts of the Trust that are required by Companies House.