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Biographical entry Sharpe, Richard Bowdler (1847 - 1909)


22 November 1847
25 December 1909


Richard Sharpe was Assistant Keeper of the Vertebrate Section of the British Museum's Zoology Department from 1895-1909. He was also a distinguished international founding member of the Australian Ornithologists' Union. Sharpe had a particular interest in classification and phylogeny and its relation to evolution and was co-author of the series Birds of Europe and the massive Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum. Sharpe founded the British Ornithologists' Club in 1892 to allow for more informal discussion and regular meetings than the British Ornithologists' Union offered and edited its Bulletin for many years. He received a Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) from the University of Aberdeen.



1867 - 1872
Career position - Librarian to the Zoological Society
1872 - 1895
Career position - Senior Assistant in the Department of Zoology at the British Museum
1874 - 1898
Career position - Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum published (twenty seven volumes)
Career position - Founder of the British Ornithologists' Club
1895 - 1909
Career position - Assistant Keeper of the Vertebrate Section of the Zoology Department

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Gregory Macalister Mathews - Records, 1900 - 1949, MS 1465; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Sharpe, R. B., 'Analytical Index to the Works of...J. Gould...with a Biographical Memoir and Portrait', Emu, 38 (1938). Details


See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker