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Alexander, Robert McNeill
Person · 1934-2016

Robert McNeill Alexander was a British Zoologist and an authority in the field of biomechanics. Until 1970 he was mainly concerned with fish, investigating the mechanics of swim bladder, tails and the fish jaw mechanisms. Subsequently he concentrated on the mechanics of terrestrial locomotion, notably walking and running in mammals, particularly on gait selection and its relationship to anatomy and to the structural design of skeletons and muscles.

Alexander was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and educated at Tonbridge School, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of Wales.

After holding a lectureship at University College of North Wales 1958-1969, he was Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds from 1969 until his retirement in 1999, when the title of emeritus professor was conferred on him.

He was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London 1992-1999. He was President of the Society for Experimental Biology 1995-1997, President of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists 1997-2001 and editor of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B 1998-2004.

Alexander married Ann Elizabeth Coulton in 1961. He died in 2016 at the age of 81.

Baker, Joan Lesley
Person · 1924-

Library Secretary and later Controller's Secretary at ZSL London Zoo

Barlow, Erasmus Darwin
Person · 1915-2005

Barlow was a British Psychiatrist, Physiologist and businessman. He was born in London in 1915, the second son of Sir Alan Barlow, son of Sir Thomas Barlow, royal physician. His mother was Lady Nora Barlow, daughter of Sir Horace Darwin. He was a great-grandson on the naturalist Charles Darwin. He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied medicine. He also studied at University College London.

Barlow was senior lecturer and honorary consultant in psychological medicine at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1951-1966), Vice Chairman of the Mental Health Research Fund, and a member of the scientific staff of the MRC Department of Clinical Research, University College Hospital. He was Chairman of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and a founding member of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation at Lichfield. He was also, at various times, Chairman of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, the firm founded by his maternal grandfather, and a Director of CIC Investment Holdings, Deputy Chairman of George Kent Ltd and a Director of Group Investors Ltd. Barlow also published research papers in physiology and psychiatric medicine.

He was a Founder Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and its Secretary between 1980 and 1982. In 2008 the Society started the Erasmus Darwin Barlow Conservation Expeditions named in his honour.

Barlow was a trustee for over 20 years of the Barlow Collection of Oriental Art collected by his father. In 1997 Barlow, along with his brother Sir Thomas Barlow, 3rd Baronet, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Sussex, who were bequeathed the Barlow Collection in 1968. He became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in 1965 and was Master for 1976-1977.

He married Brigit Ursula Hope Black, daughter of the author Ladbroke Black in 1938, and they had three children. Barlow died in Cambridge from renal failure in 2005.

Barlow, John
Person · 1799-1869

Barlow was born in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, to his father Thomas WIlliam, a Clerk. He was educated at Blundell's School, after which in 1816 he started attending Trinity College, Cambridge. He earned his BA in 1820 and his MA in 1823. In 1822 he became the curate of the parish of Uckfield, Sussex. On 23rd March 1823 he was ordained as a priest. From 1830-1843 he was rector to the parish in Little Bowden, Northamptonshire. In 1824 he married Cecilia Anne Lam.

In 1832 Barlow joined the Royal Institution of Great Britain and he would serve many positions including Manager (1838), Secretary of the Lectures Committee (1841) and Honorary Secretary (1843-1860. Barlow was elected into the Royal Society in 1834 and served as Secretary of the Zoological Society of London from 1837-1838.

In 1851 Barlow became minister of the Duke Street Chapel, London and from 1854-1859 he was Chaplain-in-Ordinary at Kensington Palace.

Bennett, Edward Turner
Person · 1799-1836

Bennett was an English Zoologist and writer. He was the elder brother of the botanist John Joseph Bennett. He was born at Hackney and practiced as a surgeon, but his chief pursuit was always zoology. In 1822 he attempted to establish an entomological society, which later became a zoological society in connection with the Linnean Society. This in turn became the starting point of the Zoological Society of London, of which Bennett was Secretary from 1831-1836.

His works included 'The Tower Menagerie' (1829) and 'The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society (1831). He also wrote, in conjunction with G. T. Lay, the section of Fishes in the 'Zoology of Beechey's Voyage' (1839). In 1835 he described a new species of African crocodile, Mecistops leptorhynchus, the validity of which was confirmed in 2018.

Boxshall, Geoffrey Allan
Person · 1950-

Geoffrey Allan Boxshall is a British zoologist and Merit researcher at the Natural History Museum, working primarily on copepods.

Son of Jack Boxshall a Canadian bank manager and Sybil Boxshall (nee Baker), a civil servant in the procurement department of the Ministry of Defence. He was educated at Churcher's College, Petersfield 1961-1968. He earned a First Class BSc in Zoology in 1971, and a PhD in 1974 from the University of Leeds. In 1994 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1998 he was awarded the Crustacean Society's Award for Excellence in Research.

In 1974 he joined the Natural History Museum's Department of Zoology, and joined Life Sciences in 2014. He had been the Secretary of the Zoological Society of London since 2011 and was Vice-President of the Linnean Society Council from 2012-2013.

Person · 1906-1981

Chaplin was a British hereditary peer, an amateur zoologist and musician. He was born in 1906, the son of Eric Chaplin, 2nd Viscount Chaplin, and the Hon Gwladys Wilson, daughter of Charles Wilson, 1st Baron Nunburnholme and Florence Wellesley. He was educated at Radley College.

During 1935 and 1936 he went on a zoological expedition to New Guinea. He was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London between 1952 and 1955, and a member of the council.

Chaplin studied musical composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger between 1936 and 1939. He served as an Officer in the Royal Air Force from 1940 until 1946, achieving the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He succeeded his father as 3rd Viscount Chaplin in 1949.

He was married in 1933 to Alvilde Bridges, and they had one daughter. The married was dissolved in 1950, and in 1951 he married the Hon Rosemary Lyttelton and they had two daughters. Chaplin died in 1981 in Belgravia, London, when in the absence of male heirs, the viscountcy became extinct.

Cross, Barry Albert
Person · 1925-1994

Sir Barry Albert Cross was a British biologist. He was a Fellow of Corpus Christ College, Cambridge. He was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London 1988-1992. He was knighted in 1989.

Harvey, Paul H
Person · 1947-

Paul H Harvey is a British evolutionary biologist. He is Professor of Zoology and was Head of the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2011 and Secretary of the Zoological Society of London from 2000-2011, holding these posts in conjunction with a professional fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford.

He was educated at the University of York, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1992. He was awarded the Scientific Medal and the Frink Award from the Zoological Society of London, the J. Murray Luck Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the University of Helsinki Medal. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.