Person NameHartert; Ernst Johann Otto (1859-1933); Tring Museum curator. Ornithologist and zoologist
ForenamesErnst Johann Otto
EpithetTring Museum curator. Ornithologist and zoologist
ActivityMuseum staff: Zoologist. Educated in Breslau, Konigsberg & Berlin, he travelled widely. In 1891 he married and came to London at the invitation of Gunther to work on the Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum. He was appointed by Walter Rothschild to be Director of Tring Museum starting in October 1892. He and his wife, Claudia, became naturalized Britons. He lived at BelleVue Villa in Park Road. Hartert's only son, Joachim Charles, was born in Tring and was killed in action fighting in the British Army during the First World War (see Ibis 1917: 93). Hartert made several visits to North Africa between 1901 and 1930, often accompanying Rothschild. Hartert was made President of the first post-war International Ornithological Congress in Copenhagen in 1926. He remained for 38 years at Tring Museum until retiring owing to ill health aged 70 in 1930. He returned to Germany with his wife and settled in Berlin where he worked at the Berlin Museum. He died in 1933, shortly after hearing of the sale of Rothschild's bird collection to America.

Obituary Ibis 1934: 350-377. see DLR, etc.
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