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Alexander, Wilfred Backhouse (1885 - 1965)

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Born: 4 February 1885  Croydon, Surrey, England.  Died: 8 December 1965  Parkstone, Dorset, England.
Wilfred Backhouse Alexander joined the staff of the Western Australian Museum in 1912 and was made Keeper of Biology in 1915. In 1920 he was appointed biologist to the Prickly Pear Board, Queensland and later Officer-in-Charge. He left Australia in 1925.

Career Highlights

1909Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at King's College Cambridge, UK
1910 - 1911Assistant Demonstrator in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at the University of Cambridge
1910 - 1911Assistant Superintendent at Cambridge Museum of Zoology, UK
1911Assistant Naturalist to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries in England
c. 1911Master of Arts (MA) completed at King's College Cambridge
1912 - 1913North Sea expedition assistant for the Western Australian Museum
1913Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to the Abrolhos Islands
1915 - 1920Keeper of Biology at the Western Australian Museum
1916 - 1919Science Abstractor on secondement to CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
1918 - ?Member of the Checklist Committee of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1920 - 1924Biologist with the Commonwealth Prickly Pear Board in Brisbane
1921Corresponding Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union
1924 - 1925Editor of The Emu journal
1926American Museum of Natural History
1928Birds of the Ocean - the first ornithological field guide, published in New York
1929 - 1930Superintendent of the Tees Estuary survey
1930 - 1945Director of the Oxford Bird Census (later Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology), UK
1939Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1945 - 1955Librarian at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology
1947Naming honour of the Alexander Library in the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornothology
1955Tucker Medal received from the British Trust for Ornithology
1959Union Medal received from the British Ornithologists' Union


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 16 November 2005

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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