After graduating with a PhD in neurophysiology in 1954, Professor Adrian Horridge, was a Scientific Officer in the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, U.K., and a Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, with a Fellowship from the Commissioners for Exhibition of 1851. From 1956-69 he was Lecturer in Zoology then Director, Gatty Marine Laboratory, St Andrews University, Scotland.
As part of the collaboration with Professor Bullock to write a large compendium on the nervous systems of the invertebrates, there followed three visits to the USA; 1959-60 as a Visiting Associate Professor at University of California, and Fellow, Center for Advanced Study Stanford, California. In 1965, he was a Visiting Professor, Yale. From 1955-69, there were numerous lecture tours, including twice to Russia, and periods of work in marine laboratories, especially Plymouth, Millport, Naples, Port Royal (Jamaica), Friday Harbor (British Columbia), Ghardaga (Red Sea) Heron Island and Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef). In 1969 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in the same year became the 4th founding Professor of the Research School of Biological Sciences in The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and in 1973, Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, and Visiting Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford. In 1975 he was Chief Scientist on the U.S. Research Ship Alpha Helix, in the Moluccas, with a base camp at the island of Banda. This led to the writing of several books and monographs on traditional Indonesian boat building. From 1976-77, he was Visiting Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, and from 1987 onwards the Executive Director, Centre for Visual Sciences at ANU. Numerous lecture tours abroad including twice to India, Germany and China. He retired at the end of 1992, and from 1993-94 was again Visiting Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, U.K. He is at present an Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow in ANU.