Title : Ornithologist, naturalist.
Birth : November 12, 1896 in Mumbai, India
Death : July 27, 1987 in Mumbai, India
Nationality : Indian
Spouse : Tehmina Ali
Education : St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai), commercial law and accountancy at Davar’s College of Commerce (Mumbai), and personally studied ornithology to some experts in Germany and Burma.
Occupation : Museum guide, guide lecturer, ornithologist, and director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
Main interest : Ornithology, natural history, bird photography
Notable ideas : Rediscovered the Kumaon Terai population of the Finn’s Baya (Ploceus megarhynchus, a species of weaver bird found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra valleys in India and Nepal); birds and natural protection, and examined the contributions to natural-history of the Mughal emperors.
Awards : The Joy Gobinda Law Gold Medal (the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1953), the Gold Medal of the British Ornithologists’ Union (the J Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation prize (1967), the Sunder Lal Hora memorial Medal (the Indian National Science Academy, 1970), the Pavlovsky Centenary Memorial Medal (the USSR Academy of Medical Science, 1973) Commander of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark from Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1973), Padma Bhushan (1958), Padma Vibhushan (1976); and honorary doctorates from the Aligarh Muslim University (1958), Delhi University (1973) and Andhra University (1978)
Works : Stopping by the Woods On A Sunday Morning (article, 1930), The Book of Indian Birds (1940), Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan written with Dillon Ripley (10 volumes, 1948), The Birds of Kerala (the first edition in 1953 was titled The Birds of Travancore and Cochin), The Birds of Sikkim, The Birds of Kutch (later The Birds of Gujarat), Indian Hill Birds and The Birds of the Eastern Himalayas (1943), Common Bird (1967), and The Fall of a Sparrow (autobiography, 1985).
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