Newton, Alfred

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Epithet: Professor of Zoology at Cambridge University

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Alfred Newton (1829-1907), zoologist, was born in Geneva on 11 June 1829, and entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1848 (B.A., 1853). He carried out ornithological research work with the ornithologist John Woolley in Lapland (1855) and Iceland (1858), and independently in the West Indies (1857) and Spitsbergen (1864). In 1866 he became Professor of Zoology at Cambridge University, where he pioneered zoological study. He was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1870. Newton died on 7 June 1907.

From the guide to the Alfred Newton: Lectures, 1866-1875, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Alfred Newton (1829-1907) studied at the University of Cambridge 1848-1853. He then studied wildlife while travelling abroad in Europe and America until 1862.

He was Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of Cambridge from 1866 to 1907.

Living at Magdalene College, he pursued his interest in all branches of ornithology. He had a large collection of specimens as well as an extensive library.

His collections were bequeathed to the University.

From the guide to the Papers of Alfred Newton, 1855-1906, (University of Cambridge: Museum of Zoology)

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creatorOf Avebury, John Lubbock, 1st Baron, 1834-1913. Avebury Papers. A. General Correspondence, 1855-1911. Vol. XXII (ff. 205). 1893. British Library
creatorOf Avebury, John Lubbock, 1st Baron, 1834-1913. Avebury Papers. A. General Correspondence, 1855-1911. Vol. IV (ff. i+166). 1865-1866 British Library
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Alfred Newton: Lectures, 1866-1875 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf DARWIN AND CORNFORD PAPERS. Vol. VII (ff. 110). General correspondence, etc., of Sir Francis Darwin and of Ellen W. Darwin; circa 1864-1920, n.d. Partly autograph.Ellen Wordsworth Darwin, 2nd wife of Sir Francis Darwin: Correspondence with Sir Franci..., approximately 1864-1920 British Library
creatorOf Papers of Alfred Newton, 1855-1906 University of Cambridge: Museum of Zoology
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creatorOf Avebury, John Lubbock, 1st Baron, 1834-1913. Avebury Papers. A. General Correspondence, 1855-1911. Vol. IX (ff. 138). 1883. British Library
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referencedIn Weather Bureau National Archives at College Park
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referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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referencedIn Vol. IV, N-Y. 1790-1931.includes:f. 1 William I of Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands: Letter, as Prince of Orange, to D. Gray: 1795.: Fr.ff. 3-17b passim Alfred Newton, Professor of Zoology at Cambridge University: Letters to T. R. Jones: 1..., 1790-1931 British Library
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