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Dobson, George Edward (Ireland 1848-1895)

Dobson trained for a career in natural science and entered the medical corps of the British Army in 1868. His first and main assignment was to India, where he made good use of his background in anatomy in a careful study of the bats of that country. This work produced a series of papers and culminated in the landmark volume Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the Collection of the British Museum (1878). Dobson also carried out important work on the form and classification of the Insectivora, and is known to have done some impressive early anthropological photography on the Andaman Islanders. After twenty years in the service of his country he retired from the military in 1888 with the rank of surgeon-major; around this time, however, he fell ill with an ultimately fatal affliction and was able to do little further work.

Life Chronology

--born in Edgeworthstown, county Longford, Ireland, 4 September 1848.
--1866: B.A., Trinity College, Dublin
--1867: M.B. and M.Ch., Trinity College
--1868: enters the Army medical department; is stationed in India
--1872: stationed on the Andaman Islands
--1874: becomes a member of the Linnean Society
--1875: M.A., Trinity College
--1876: publishes his Monograph of the Asiatic Chiroptera; returns to England
--1878: made curator of the Royal Victoria Hospital's museum; publishes his Catalogue of the Chiroptera in the Collection of the British Museum
--1882-1890: works on Monograph of the Insectivora, Systematic and Anatomical (but never completes it)
--1883: made a fellow of the Royal Society
--1888: retires from the Army, rank of surgeon-major
--dies at Malling Place, West Malling, Kent, England, on 25 November 1895.

For Additional Information, See:

--Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 16 (2004).
--Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 59 (1895-1896): xv-xvii.
--Nature, Vol. 53 (1895): 86-87.

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