Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

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.

Life Chronology

--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 Forbes
--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
--1915: retires
--1917-1925: corresponding fellow of the British Ornithologists' Union
--dies at West Hampstead, England, on 14 July 1925.

For Additional Information, See:

--The Auk, Vol. 43(3) (1926): 413.
--Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Ser. B, Vol. 99(699) (1926): xxxvi-xxxvii.

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