Memorials to Dr. T. N. Annandale

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    ON April 10 some past and present members of the Zoological Survey of India assembled at the Scottish Cemetery, Calcutta, to pay homage to the memory of Dr.Thomas Nelson Annandale, the founder-director of the Survey, who died on April 10, 1924, twenty-five years ago. The Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, with which he was closely associated throughout his period of service in India as anthropological secretary, vice-president, and as its president in 1923, perpetuates his memory by a triennial award of the Annandale Memorial Medal to a person who has made the most important contribution, during the previous five years, to anthropology in Asia, and the first award was made to Dr. Fritz Sarasin in 1928. Thereafter the award has been made alternately for physical and cultural anthropology. The Society has a sepia portrait and an oil painting of Annandale. The Council of the Society is now appealing for funds to perpetuate the memory of Annandale. It is suggested that the balance of income of the Annandale Memorial Fund be suitably invested until the accumulated amount is sufficient, after paying for the triennial award, to provide Rs. 250 a year, to be utilized for a biennial anthropological lectureship. Annandale had been the last superintendent of the Indian Museum, and this office he held during 1907–16. He succeeded Colonel Alcock, and relinquished the office on becoming the first director of the Zoological Survey of India. The Trustees of the Indian Museum have also perpetuated his memory by putting up a brass tablet in the premises.

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    Memorials to Dr. T. N. Annandale. Nature 163, 794 (1949) doi:10.1038/163794c0

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