Patron: Dr Bryan Pratt

Dr Bryan Harry Pratt is a Science Pathologist who graduated from Sydney University in 1959. He completed an Honours Degree at the University of Adelaide in 1961 then a PhD in 1964. His main area of interest has been in soil-borne pathogenic fungi. In 1965 he moved to Canberra to join the Commonwealth Department of Health before returning to academic life at the Australian National University where he carried out research and lecturing in pathology for seven years.

Dr Pratt then worked in the Commonwealth Bureau of Environmental Studies under the Whitlam Government before moving to the Department of the Interior to set up the ACT Parks and Conservation Service where he variously administered fisheries, forestry, city parks, agriculture, soil conservation, wildlife, nature parks and reserves, national parks and the national botanic gardens.

Dr Pratt retired in 1988 to spend more time fishing and is the proprietor of several tackle shops in Canberra. He is a prolific writer and in addition to a wealth of scientific publications is the author of the freshwater fishing bible The Canberra Fisherman, chapters in numerous other books and many thousands of magazine articles. He has been the angling correspondent for the Canberra Times since 1967 and is well known as an angling and environment commentator for various radio stations, particularly the ABC, since 1968.

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