Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Salomonsen was a leading ornithologist of his generation who made his mark through his career-length studies of the birds of Greenland. These culminated in his best known work, the two volume set The Birds of Greenland, published in 1950-1951. Salomonsen's research centered on two themes: extensive early studies on moulting patterns, and a later ongoing interest in banding efforts and the identification of migration paths. Additionally, as his Ibis obituary states: "He wrote faunistic accounts not only of Scandinavian, Faroese and Greenland birds but also of the montane birds of Madagascar and the Philippines, and systematic reviews of the Atlantic Alcidae, the African kingfishers, Asian paradise flycatchers, flowerpeckers and honeyeaters, and herons of New Guinea." Many of his two hundred publications contain discussions of ecological, zoogeographic, and evolutionary sub-themes related to particular geographical or systematic emphases. Salomonsen also was an important advocate for the conservation of birds, especially those of Greenland.
--born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 31 January 1909.
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