Burden, W. Douglas (William Douglas), 1898-1978

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W. Douglas Burden was a geologist, naturalist, hunter, filmmaker and author, affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. Burden was a trustee of the AMNH, 1926-1961, chaired a committee on the preparation of homolosine (equal-area projection) maps, and established the AMNH Dept. of Experimental Biology in 1928 (later named the Dept. of Animal Behavior).

Burden formed Burden Pictures, Inc., 1928-1931, with ichthyologist Ilia Tolstoy; beginning in 1935, with Tolstoy and C.V. Whitney, Burden formed Marine Studios (later named Marineland), an aquarium project in Florida, which worked to develop a shark repellent for use by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1978 (bulk 1926-1961). (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 55052128

Naturalist.

Burden was particularly interested in Komodo dragons and animal behavior. He was an official of several film companies, and a Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, 1926-1961.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155485072

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Place Name Admin Code Country
Alaska
Kenai Peninsula (Alaska)
New York (N.Y.)
Beijing (China)
China
Tientsin (China)
Nairobi (Kenya)
Marineland (Fla.)
United States
New York (State)--Long Island
United States
China, North
New York (State)--Long Island
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Komodo dragon
World War, 1939-1945
Hunting
Map projection
Natural history--Field work
Sharks
Geology
Poultry
Adventure and adventurers
Scientific expeditions
Shark attacks--Prevention
Zoology--Field work
Natural history--Research
Theater
Natural history museums
Adventure and adventurers--Biography
Motion pictures
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Birth 1898

Death 1978

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