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Department of Zoology

 

Alfred Newton

Adrian Friday (Corpus Christi 1967) writes: Everyone who has studied or worked in the Department of Zoology will have experienced something of the legacy of Alfred Newton, its first Professor (of ‘Zoology and Comparative Anatomy’ at the founding of the chair). Newton’s name is perpetuated in the...

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James Arthur Ramsay

‘Some of the reviewers, whose comments upon the first edition I had found encouraging, were disposed to note that the book was without an index and without any references for further reading. My views about the index remain as they were – that I cannot imagine anyone wanting to use this book as a...

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Francis Maitland Balfour

Adrian Friday (Corpus Christi 1967) writes: In the main building of the Department of Zoology, if you wander from the first floor corridor towards the entrance to the Library you will pass a small display case containing a number of microscopes and associated artefacts. This display was created by...

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Charles Goodhart: A Twentieth Century Life

Adrian Friday (Corpus Christi 1967) writes When the (New) Museum of Zoology, part of the Arup Building (now the ‘David Attenborough Building’), was reinhabited in 1970, Charles Goodhart, as Curator of Invertebrates, occupied the first room in the staff corridor, next to the foyer. Charles’s room...

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Hans Gadow [1855-1928]: Prussian Morphology meets Cambridge Zoology

Hans Friedrich Gadow was born on 8th March 1855 in what was then Pomerania. Gadow's father was an Inspector of the Prussian Royal Forests, and Gadow’s childhood provided ready access to wild nature. Gadow received a very thorough German education in the natural sciences at the Universities of...

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The Bidders: a Cambridge zoological family.

In August 2015 there was a small flurry of excitement by broadcasters and the newspapers over a message in a bottle found by a retired postal worker in Germany. Marianne Winkler was on holiday, visiting the German island of Amrun, when she found the bottle on the beach in April that year. Clearly...

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John Stanley Gardiner

Stanley Gardiner (he was always known by his middle name) occupied the Chair of Zoology from 1909 until 1937. Like all the previous incumbents of the Chair, he is already the subject of a very balanced short biography in the booklet Professors and Portraits, by William Foster and Paula McPhee...

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Sir James Gray MC CBE FRS Fourth Professor of Zoology

Sir James Gray (1891-1975) Against Alfred Newton’s tenure of 41 years as founding Professor of Zoology, the 22 years tenure of James Gray seems rather modest. Gray, however, did much to set the overall character and course of the Department from the 1930s onwards. In their booklet Professors and...

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Adam Sedgwick

Adam Sedgwick (1854-1913) was brought up in Dent, Yorkshire, where his father was vicar. Both his father and his mother belonged to local landowning families. Adam Sedgwick, zoologist, shares his name with the much better known Adam Sedgwick, clergyman, geologist and mentor of Charles Darwin, and...

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Dame Anne McLaren

anne_mclaren_photo_from_gurdon.jpg Anne McLaren's doctoral work concerned the mechanisms of virus infection of the nervous system, but she subsequently moved rapidly into what then was embryology (what we would now call developmental biology) and she became one of the subject's most distinguished...

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