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Lord Rothschild, F.R.S

Naturevolume 140page574 (1937) | Download Citation



IN Lionel Walter Lord Rothschild, who died on August 27 at the age of sixty-nine years, a scientific worker has passed away of whom it may justly be said that he was better known at home and abroad than any other contemporary zoologist. It was inevitable that a Rothschild deeply interested in biology and possessing large zoological collections which he was indefatigable in increasing for the benefit of science, should inspire the imaginative Press of many lands to publish fanciful reports, which gave him a publicity often very embarrassing and inundated him with offers of collections and service and with requests for help. But he would have gained high distinction in science without a family name already world-famous. His interest was so intense and so wide, his ever-ready support of science so valuable and his scientific publications so important, that he held a high place of honour in zoology and was elected an honorary fellow by many foreign scientific societies. Entomologists, ornithologists, herpetologists and mammalogists all claimed him as one of their own.


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