W. G. Hale

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Professor William G. Hale graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of Durham in 1959, followed by a PhD in 1962 and a DSc in 1985. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Biologist, and an Honorary Fellow of Grey College and the University of Durham. He has long experience of research having served on committees of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Council for National Academic Awards, and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Wildfowl Trust. He has supervised and examined over fifty PhD candidates.

Hale has published widely in the fields of entomology and ornithology, and recently on antiquarian bird books. He is author of nine books, including the New Naturalist No. 65, Waders and the Collins/Smithsonian Dictionary of Biology, as well as Sacred Ibis: The Ornithology of Canon Henry Baker Tristram, DD, FRS (Sacristy Press, 2016). He is a Past President of Liverpool Ornithologists’ Club. 

A letter from Charles Darwin

GUEST BLOG: The discovery of a previously unknown letter from Charles Darwin to the ornithologist and priest Henry Baker Tristram casts new light on the cleric’s attitude towards evolution. Author W. G. Hale reveals its secrets...  During the course of writing Sacred Ibis I came a…

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The last egg of the Great Auk

GUEST BLOG: The Victorian ornithologist, explorer, and priest Henry Baker Tristram was a remarkable man. Author W. G. Hale tells us the story of the last collected egg of the Great Auk.  Canon Henry Baker Tristram D.D., F.R.S. (1822–1906), described as “the most important biologi…

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