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Biographical entry Simpson, Ken (1938 - 2014)

29 August 1938
9 July 2014
Ornithologist and Teacher


Ken Simpson, author of a field guide to Australian birds, has had extensive experience in leading birdwatching and related subject tours.


Educated University High School, Melbourne. Research Technician in several institutions; lecturer in primary science, Deakin University. President, Bird Observers Club of Australia 1996 till ca 1998 (member since 1951). Wrote Birds in Bass Strait (1972) and is the author/editor of Simpson and Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, which is now in its sixth edition. He holds the Honorary Degree of Master of Science (1974) from Monash University. Australian Natural History Medallion 1996.


Award - Australian Natural History Medallion
1996 - 1999
Career position - President, Bird Observation and Conservation Australia
2000 - 2005
Career position - Editor, Australian bird watcher (later Australian field ornithology

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Journal Articles

  • Lill, Alan, 'Obituary - Ken Simpson 1938 - 2014', Australian field ornithology, 31 (2014), 213-4. Details

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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

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