The American Cockerell: a naturalist's life, 1866-1948 by Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, William Alfred Weber

By Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, William Alfred Weber

Within the American Cockerell: A Naturalist's lifestyles, 18661948, botanist William A. Weber pulls jointly items of the lifetime of T.D.A. "Theo" Cockerell, a guy who was once an across the world recognized scientist, a prolific author, and a very hot instructor on the college of Colorado in Boulder. The elder brother of the famous student Sir Sydney Cockerell, Theo worked in relative obscurity in the USA whereas his brothers and their households have been basking within the limelight of clever British society. regardless of his alienation from his elite historical past, he however turned an exceptional instructor, a mentor, a kindly artist and author of rhymes for kids, and the best expert on bees on this planet. His contribution to the knowledge of untamed bees is monumental--he catalogued over 900 species in Colorado by myself, and he assiduously accrued them at any place he traveled. via 1938 he had released the names and outlines of 5,480 new species and subspecies. regardless of his accomplishments in entomology, although, T.D.A. Cockerell resisted specialization. He was once additionally an early supporter of women's rights, a Morrisian socialist, an avid reader, and writer ofalmost 4,000 released medical papers, publication stories, and discussions of social matters. Pieced jointly from T.D.A.'s little-known autobiographical writings, the yank Cockerell demonstrates this outstanding individual's great breadth of curiosity, competence, and ability. it is going to be of curiosity to scientists and lay readers alike. William A. Weber is professor emeritus on the college of Colorado Museum and writer of A Rocky Mountain Lichen Primer (with James N. Corbridge), Rocky Mountain vegetation, Colorado flowers: jap and Western Slopes (with Ronald C. Wittmann), and different titles to be had from the collage Press of Colorado.

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Cm. Essays originally published 18981940. Includes bibliographical references.  (William Alfred), 1918 .  Title. C628 1999 508dc21 99-39540 CIP Designed by Laura Furney. Typeset by Holly Paulsen. 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page v This manuscript was completed during the fiftieth anniversary year of Cockerell's death. It has been an honor to follow in his footsteps this past half-century. It has also been my privilege to learn as new those things he knew more than fifty years ago.

Each rose to prominence, however, in very different ways, and while the greatness of Sydney has been appreciated by conferral of knighthood, that of Theodore remains obscure except to an older generation of scientists that has almost disappeared. Interest in natural history was almost a universal characteristic of Englishmen in the earlier centuries. One recalls Gilbert White, perhaps the earliest whom we know much about. Theodore Cockerell was possibly the last in a line of descent, connected one to the other by personal contact, help, and encouragement.

1928. Elected member of American Philosophical Society, April 21; took short trip to Australia. 1930. Went to Morocco, London. 1931. Cockerell-Mackie-Ogilvie expedition to Africa, last half of 1931; took leave of absence, fall semester. 1933. Was awarded National Research Council grant for studies on the bees of Africa. 1934. Retired, July; spent winters thereafter in California; was appointed Professor of Zoölogy, Emeritus. 1937. Undertook natural history study of islands off the coast of Southern California (1939).

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