Peter Sneath

Peter Henry Andrews Sneath FRS,[1] MD (17 November 1923 – September 9, 2011) was a microbiologist who co-founded the field of numerical taxonomy, together with Robert R. Sokal. Sneath and Sokal wrote Principles of Numerical Taxonomy,[2] revised in 1973 as Numerical Taxonomy.[3] Sneath reviewed the state of numerical taxonomy in 1995[4] and wrote some autobiographical notes in 2010.[5]

Peter H. A. Sneath
Born(1923-11-17)17 November 1923[1]
Died9 September 2011(2011-09-09) (aged 87)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known fornumerical taxonomy
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Leicester
ThesisThe bacterial genus Chromobacterium (1959)

A special issue of the journal Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, on microbial systematics, is dedicated to the memory of Peter Sneath.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Jones, D.; Grant, W. D. (2013). "Peter Henry Andrews Sneath. 17 November 1923 -- 9 September 2011". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 59: 337–357. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2013.0008.
  2. ^ Sneath, Peter H. A.; Sokal, Robert R. (1963). Principles of numerical taxonomy (7 ed.). San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-0621-0.
  3. ^ Sneath, Peter H. A.; Sokal, Robert R. (1973). Numerical taxonomy: the principles and practice of numerical classification. San Francisco: Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-0697-0.
  4. ^ Sneath, P. H. A. (1995). "Thirty Years of Numerical Taxonomy". Systematic Biology. 44 (3): 281–298. doi:10.1093/sysbio/44.3.281.
  5. ^ Sneath, P. H. A. (2010). "Reflections on prokaryotic systematics" (PDF). The Bulletin of BISMiS. 1 (1): 77–83. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 April 2012.
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, IC; Trujillo, ME; Goodfellow, M (2012). "Special Issue on The BISMiS 2011 prokaryotic systematics, a vital discipline entering a period of transition". Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 101 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1007/s10482-011-9674-y. PMID 22080412.
  7. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Sneath.

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