Pat Ralph

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Patricia Marjorie "Pat" Ralph (5 April 1920 – 23 March 1995) was a New Zealand marine biologist and university lecturer.

She was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1920. She graduated from Victoria University College with a Bachelor of Science in 1941 and a Master of Science two years later. She remained as a demonstrator at Victoria College and became a junior lecturer and then received a tenured position in 1949. Her work in marine biology received worldwide attention and she was awarded a Doctor of Science in 1962, the first woman at Victoria to be recognised with that degree. Two species of coral, Sphenotrochus ralphae and Caryophyllia ralphae, were named for her.[1]

Ralph died at Paraparaumu in 1995,[1] and her ashes were buried in Bolton Street Memorial Park, Wellington.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Hughes, Beryl. "Patricia Marjorie Ralph". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Details for Ralph, Patricia Marjorie". Friends of Bolton Street Cemetery. Retrieved 15 August 2015.