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Notes from William Brewster: "The Development of an Ornithologist"

This post is part of a series on the collection of ornithologist William Brewster (1851-1919) at the Ernst Mayr Library, written by Elizabeth Meyer, library project assistant.

In 1890, Wiliam Brewster (age 39) wrote a letter of encouragement to a younger ornithologist, Frank Michler Chapman. Both ornithologists suffered from chronic pain, and Brewster suspected that Chapman was afraid of losing enthusiasm for his work. Brewster’s gesture opened up a closer personal friendship with Chapman, who was then 26 and working at the American...

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Ernst Mayr's Japan Prize

In August, the Library received as a gift from Ernst Mayr's daughters Susanne Harrison and Christa Menzel, the International Prize for Biology (the Japan Prize) awarded to Dr. Mayr in 1994 by the Emperor of Japan.  It consists of the Japan Prize medal, made of copper, silver and gold, with patterns in inlaid gold; a silver urn with a gold chrysanthemum emblem in a custom-made wooden box; a navy blue cloth with white Japanese letters; a white satin chrysanthemum with one white and two red ribbons; two Japanese rice paper envelopes;...

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