|Born||19 June 1922|
|Died||1 July 2000 (aged 78)|
Dunedin, New Zealand
Forster was an entomologist at the National Museum in Wellington from 1940 to 1947, with an interruption for military service during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945 he served first in the army and then as a naval radar mechanic. He was appointed zoologist and assistant director at Canterbury Museum in 1948, and in 1957 he moved to Otago Museum to take up the position of director. He retired from that role in 1987.
Forster wrote his first paper on spiders at the age of 17. Over the course of his career, more than 100 scientific papers and volumes were published bearing his name, including the definitive six-volume Spiders of New Zealand, in co-authorship with international colleagues. He also published Small Land Animals and co-authored NZ Spiders, An Introduction. Much of his work was accomplished in collaboration with his wife, Lyn Forster, a notable New Zealand arachnologist.
Forster was also elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of New Zealand.
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