Edward Adrian Wilson

Edward Adrian Wilson, an English naturalist, artist, and polar explorer, known to his companions as “Bill” or “Uncle Bill”, was born July 23, 1872. We wrote about Wilson indirectly once, when we published a post on Apsley Cherry-Garrard and the...

Gerhard Heilmann

Gerhard Heilmann, a Danish artist and amateur student of fossil birds, was born June 25, 1859. Heilmann earned his living as a graphic artist, but he was interested in birds,  bird anatomy, and especially bird origins, and he read about the prevailing idea, first...

Lionel Walter Rothschild

Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, a British banker turned zoologist, was born Feb. 8, 1868. Son and heir to the Rothschild financial empire, Walter rejected the world of business in favor of collecting. However, he did not turn away from the financial resources that...