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The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds Hardcover – March 12, 2012
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"The roots of all American bird enthusiasts trace squarely back to Robert Ridgway, and Lewis's account of Ridgway and the emergence of a modern ornithology in North America resonates and fascinates."--Kimball L. Garrett, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
"A major contribution to the history of natural history, history of museums, history of American science, as well as history of ornithology.... sets a fine standard for biographies that move beyond a narrative into analysis of intellectual and social currents in the field."--Pamela Henson, American University
"Deftly presented and deeply researched, The Feathery Tribe... fills an important gap in our understanding of the development of modern bird study, while restoring Ridgway to his rightful place of honor among the pantheon of American naturalists."--Mark V. Barrow, Jr., Virginia Tech
“The Feathery Tribe introduces an important scientist along with his professional coterie and their struggles to establish ornithology in America . . . Lewis demonstrates the considerable value of scientific biography as historians continue to explore the significance of the field sciences to the history of science.”—Frederick R. Davis, Isis (Frederick R. Davis Isis)
About the Author
Daniel Lewis is the Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science and Technology and the Chief Curator of Manuscripts at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. He lives in Pasadena.