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Life and Work of Dr. James Murie


DR. JAMES MURIE, well known for his work on the Thames fisheries, was born on March 30, 1832, and he died in 1925. To commemorate the centenary, Mr. A. Lawrence Wells gives an interesting account of his life and work in the Southend Standard of March 31 last. Murie is chiefly remembered for his later work at Leigh, where he lived and did valuable service in connexion with the local fisheries, but his early career was full of adventure. Educated for the medical profession at the University of Glasgow and specialising in zoology, he first worked at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, proceeding to the Royal College of Surgeons in London as assistant in the Museum, where, under Prof. J. E. Queckett, he worked at comparative anatomy, especially aquatic mammals. After two years at the Museum, he travelled through Europe and made several voyages as ship's surgeon, finally joining the expedition to the White Nile under John Petherick, who was meeting Capts. Speke and Grant for exploration of the western tributaries of the White Nile. The expedition, disastrous as it proved to be as regards Petherick's party, was yet productive of much valuable zoological material, and the fish collection was declared by Dr. Gunther to be the finest ever received from that part of Africa.

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Life and Work of Dr. James Murie. Nature 129, 752 (1932).

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