Ian Newton

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Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE (born 17 January 1940) is an English ornithologist.


Education and early life

Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire and was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Bristol. [1] He received his D.Phil. in 1964 and D.Sc. in 1982 from the University of Oxford, [2] and has studied a wide range of bird species.

Career and research

He has been interested in birds since his childhood. [3] As a teenager he became particularly fascinated by finches and undertook doctoral and post-doctoral studies on them. [4] Newton conducted a 27-year study of a Eurasian sparrowhawk population nesting in southern Scotland, which resulted in what many consider to be the most detailed and longest-running study of any population of birds of prey. [5]

Before retirement, he was Senior Ornithologist at the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council. He has also been head of the Avian Biology Section at the Monks Wood Research Station (1989–2000), Chairman of the Board of The Peregrine Fund, Chairman of the Council of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds [5] and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford. [4] Newton has also held the positions of President of the British Ornithologists' Union and the British Ecological Society (1994–1995). [6]

Partial bibliography

Honours and awards

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  1. 1 2 Ian Newton | Collins Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine . The New Naturalists Online. Retrieved 3 December 2009
  2. 1 2 "Newton, Prof. Ian, (born 17 Jan. 1940)". www.ukwhoswho.com. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u29431 . Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. Newton, Ian (1986) The Sparrowhawk. T & A.D. Poyser Ltd. Calton. ISBN   0-85661-041-0
  4. 1 2 Ian Newton. The Migration Ecology of Birds Archived 2010-01-20 at the Wayback Machine . Buteo Books. Retrieved 3 December 2009
  5. 1 2 Newton, I. (2009) Introduction. In R.T. Watson, M. Fuller, M. Pokras, and W.G. Hunt (Eds.). Ingestion of Lead from Spent Ammunition: Implications for Wildlife and Humans. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho, USA. DOI 10.4080/ilsa.2009.0091
  6. 1 2 Ian Newton. Researcher Results. The Peregrine Fund. Retrieved 3 December 2009
  7. "RSE Fellows" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  8. http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/membership-community/honours-awards-and-prizes/presidents-medal-2/