- © 2006 by AASP Foundation
The American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists bestows upon DR. ROBIN HELBY
The AASP Medal for Scientific Excellence, In recognition of his sustained, outstanding contributions to the Upper Paleozoic and Mesozoic palynology of Australasia, and particularly the formulation, refinement and application of a comprehensive Australian Mesozoic palynological zonation underpinned by the meticulous documentation of new taxa
PRESENTATION BY JAMES B. RIDING
Dr. Robin Helby has made an outstanding contribution to the Carboniferous and Mesozoic palynology of Australasia. Since the 1970s, he has pioneered the development and documentation of a robust biostratigraphic scheme for the Mesozoic of Australasia based on dinoflagellate cysts. Today this scheme is applied as the industry standard framework for all chronostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic studies. He has continued to refine his initial zonation with a recent partial update included in the preface to twelve taxonomic papers that have recently been published in a major memoir, ‘Studies in Australian Mesozoic Palynology II’.
Robin was born in Sydney and matriculated in 1955 from Trinity Grammar School. He holds three degrees from the University of Sydney (BSc 1960; MSc 1963; PhD 1970). In 1965 he was appointed palynologist at the New South Wales Geological Survey. Robin Helby is one of the pioneering industry-based palynologists and entered palynology when it was in its infancy regarding its application to oil and gas exploration. Palynologists in Australia during the early 1960s either worked for a Geological Survey or a University, and the early oil company reports at that time were generated from these institutions. Robin’s initial palynological interests were spore pollen studies of the Late Paleozoic (Carboniferous and Permian) and Triassic of Australia and Germany. During 1964 and 1965, he worked with Dr. Hilde Grebe at Krefeld, Germany, and had the privilege of meeting Professor Robert Potonié. His 1966 paper on the palynology of the Carboniferous–Permian boundary …