John Gould

English ornithologist (1804–1881) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Gould FRS (/ɡld/; 14 September 1804 – 3 February 1881[1]) was an English ornithologist who published monographs on birds, illustrated by plates produced by his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists, including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. He has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species.

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John Gould

Born(1804-09-14)14 September 1804
Lyme Regis, England
Died3 February 1881(1881-02-03) (aged 76)
London, England
Resting placeKensal Green cemetery
Known forIllustrated monographs on birds, identification of Darwin's finches
SpouseElizabeth Gould (née Coxen)
ChildrenCharles Gould
Scientific career
InstitutionsZoological Society of London
Author abbrev. (zoology)Gould

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