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Gilbert White - conference and biography

12 August 2005

Recognised as one of the fathers of ecology Gilbert White transformed the way that we look at the natural world.

Gilbert White portrait (1720-1793) © British Museum

Gilbert White portrait (1720-1793) © British Museum

Born in 1720 in Selborne, Hampshire, he was one of the first English naturalists who recorded observations of his surroundings in a systematic way.

Having a deep insight into the inter-relationship of living things, White combined his naturalist's skills with his writing skills and has inspired and influenced a much wider audience. His legacy as an accurate and systematic recorder of the natural world lives to this day.

Find out more on our website with our new Gilbert White biography .

On 20 September 2005, the Gilbert White and Recording: Past, Present and Future conference takes place at the School of Biological Sciences, Southampton University.
The conference celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Gilbert White's House and The Oates Museum.
Join top scientists, including Lord May of Oxford, President of the Royal Society, to address key conservation issues and debate the ongoing importance of recording in the natural sciences.
Gilbert White (1720-1793) led the way with his Natural History of Selborne and his legacy has triggered vitally important and innovative work by both professional and amateurs.

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Besides Lord May, speakers include Professor Jeremy Greenwood, British Trust for Ornithology; Mr Bob Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge; Professor John Lawton, Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Professor Guy Poppy, University of Southampton; Dr David Roberts, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Ms Sarah Whild, University of Birmingham; and Dr Dick Vane-Wright, Natural History Museum.

Proceeds from the conference will go to support the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre at the Gilbert White Museum in it's work to introduce young people to the wonders of natural world.

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