Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Beddard, Frank Evers (England 1858-1925)
After taking his M.A. degree from New College, Oxford, as a student of
George Rolleston, Beddard accepted a position as a naturalist and editor
for the Challenger Expedition Commission, where his new boss was John
Murray. Although he had not been an exceptional student, as a professional
figure he was a hard worker and turned out several hundred publications
on birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates, being especially known
for his studies on the anatomy of birds, and on oligochaetes. His wide-ranging
interests made him a natural to tackle two subjects of more general interest,
animal coloration and zoogeography, on each of which he published a book
in the 1890s. Other connections for Beddard: he was awarded the Linnean
Society's Gold Medal for his book on oligochaetes, and for various
periods served as editor of the Zoological Record, a lecturer at
Guy's Hospital Medical School, and an examiner at the University
of London, Oxford University, and the University of New Zealand.
--born in Dudley, England, on 19 June 1858.
--1882-1884: naturalist with the Challenger Expedition Commission, contributing
to Vols. 11 and 17 of its Reports series
--1883: elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh
--1884-1902: member of the British Ornithologists' Union
--1884-1915: prosector to the Zoological Society of London
--1885: edits The Collected Scientific Papers of the Late William Alexander
--1892: made a fellow of the Royal Society of London
--1892: publishes his Animal
Coloration: An Account of the Principal Facts and Theories Relating to
the Colours and Markings of Animals
--1895: publishes his A
Text-book of Zoogeography and A
Monograph of the Order of Oligochaeta
--1898: publishes his The
Structure and Classification of Birds
--1900: publishes his A
Book of Whales
--1900-1903: assistant-secretary to the Zoological Society of London
--1902: publishes his Mammalia
--1912: D.Sc., Oxford University
--1912: publishes his Earthworms
and Their Allies
--1917-1925: corresponding fellow of the British Ornithologists'
--dies at West Hampstead, England, on 14 July 1925.
Auk, Vol. 43(3) (1926): 413.
of the Royal Society of London Ser. B, Vol. 99(699) (1926): xxxvi-xxxvii.
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