Newton, Alfred, 1829-1907

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Birth 1829-06-11
Death 1907-06-07

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From the description of Letter and list of birds obtained in St. Croix, 1867. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148291

From the description of Letter and list of birds obtained in St. Croix, 1867. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83384161

Zoologist and educator.

From the description of Letter of Alfred Newton, 1868. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454709

Alfred Newton, a British ornithologist, was one of the founders of the British Ornithologists' Union and held the Chair of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at Cambridge for forty-one years, from its establishment in 1866 until his death.

In his early years, Newton went on several scientific and collecting journeys, traveling to Lapland, Iceland, Spitzbergen Island, the West Indies, United States and Canada. At Cambridge, Newton was a prolific author and editor, contributing frequent articles to the Ibis, the journal of the B.O.U. Among Newton's many other publications were the first two volumes of the 4th ed. (1871-1873) of William Yarrell's History of British birds; Ornithological nomenclature, an addendum to the Ibis for Jan. 1883; A dictionary of birds (1893-1896); and Oothecae Wolleyana (begun in 1864 but not completed until 1907), an illustrated catalog of a collection of birds' eggs formed by John Wolley. In addition, Newton was chosen to write the articles on birds for the 9th ed. (1878) of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Philip H. Manson-Bahr was a physician specializing in tropical medicine. During his studies at Cambridge, he associated with Newton and developed an interest in field ornithology.

John Van Voorst, 1804-98, a London-based publisher from 1833 to 1886, published many works on natural history.

From the description of Correspondence, 1905 Apr. 17-1906 Oct. 29. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 56663731


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  • Ornithology
  • Snipes
  • Birds
  • Ornithology--History--Sources
  • Ornithologists--Correspondence
  • Birds--Flight


  • Educators
  • Zoologists


  • Saint Croix (V.I.) (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Saint Croix (V.I.) (as recorded)