Alfred Newton

Alfred Newton

Birth
Geneva, Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Death 7 Jun 1907 (aged 77)
Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot 4I4
Memorial ID 34873934 · View Source
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Number #35 refers to "A Cambridge Necropolis" by Dr. Mark Goldie from March 2000 for Friends of The Parish of The Ascension Burial Ground, total 49.

After studying at Magdalene College, he joined a series of ornithological expeditions in Lapland, Spitzbergen, and Iceland, where he sought the last nesting place of the Great Auk. He was the first holder of the chair of zoology and comparative anatomy, which he held from 1865 until his death, though in his later years he appointed a deputy to lecture for him. He was a fellow of Magdalene College for decades, holding open house in his rooms on Sunday evenings for students and colleagues who were interested in zoology. The walls were covered with bird books, bird pictures, and bird eggs. He possessed the bones of a dead Dodo sent him from Mauritius. He was a meticulous observer of birds and published extensively on ornithology, including a definitive "Dictionary of Birds". He was founder of the British Ornithological Union, and answered a considerable postbag of letters from experts and amateurs seeking his expertise. His memorist says that the Fellows of Magdalene found him 'too arbitrary in his attachment to simple food and old usages'. On his deathbed he said : "God bless my friends, God bless the College, and may the study of zoology continue to flourish in this university." He was elected FRS in 1870. His portrait is in Magadalene College.

He never married. On 7 June 1907, in his rooms in the Old Lodge at Magdalene, his heart failed following a bout of dropsy.

Newton, Alfred.
Adm. pens.
(age 19) at MAGDALENE, May 30, 1848.
[5th] s. of William, Esq. (Pembroke College, Oxford 1801) [M.P. for Ipswich], of Elveden Hall, Suffolk.
B. June 11, 1829, at Geneva.
School, private.
Matric. Michs. 1848; B.A. 1853; English essay prize, 1852 and 1853; M.A. 1856.
Fellow, 1854.
Holding the Drury travelling fellowship, made ornithological researches in Lapland, 1855, with John Wolley and in Iceland, 1858, in the West Indies, 1857, and in Spitzbergen, 1864.
Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, 1866-1907.
President of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1879.
Pioneer of zoological study at Cambridge, and an early champion of bird protection.
F.R.S., 1870; Royal medal, 1900.
Gold medal of the Linnean Society, 1900.
Author, Ornithology of Iceland, 1863; Dictionary of Birds, 1873-6; Oothera Wolleyana, 1863-1902.
Edited the Ibis, 1865-70.
J.P. for Suffolk.
Died June 7, 1907, at Cambridge.
Left his natural history collections and library to the University.
Brother of Edward (1853) and Robert M. (1839). (D.N.B.; Proc.
Royal Soc. (1908), .; Who was Who.)


Inscription

Father into thy hands I commend my spirit


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