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Godman & Salvin - Natural History Museum, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.755 W 000° 10.585
30U E 695992 N 5708755
Quick Description: This plaque is opposite the main entrance to the museum at the top of the flight of stairs and is adjacent to the statue of Charles Darwin.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 7:21:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMF09H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

The co-ordinates given are for the main entrance to the Natural History Museum in Kensington, London. The replica is in the Central area in the museum's Green Zone. Non-flash photography is permitted. The museum is free to visit.

The plaque, made from bronze, has been beaten out from behind to give profiles of both Frederick Godman and Osbert Salvin. At the top of the plaque is a wreath-like arrangement that carries a map of Central America in the middle. Around the edge of the map is the wording 'Biologica Centrali Americana'. Beneath and to the left is the profile of Osbert Salvin and opposite is the profile of Frderick Godman. Beneath each profile, respectively, is 'O.S. 1835-1898' and 'F.D.C. 1834-1919'.

Between the profiles of the two men is the inscription that reads:

To Commemorate
the services
to Natural Science
and to the Museum
of
Frederick Ducane Godman D.C.L. F.R.S.
and
Osbert Salvin F.R.S.

This tablet is placed here by
some of their friends and admirers

Wikipedia (visit link) tells us about Osbert Salvin:

"Osbert Salvin FRS (25 February 1835 – 1 June 1898) was an English naturalist, best known for co-authoring Biologia Centrali-Americana (1879–1915) with Frederick DuCane Godman. This was a 52 volume encyclopedia on the natural history of Central America.

Born in Finchley, Salvin was the second son of Anthony Salvin, architect, of Hawksfold, Sussex. He was educated at Westminster and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, taking his degree in 1857.[1] Shortly afterwards he accompanied his second cousin by marriage, Henry Baker Tristram, in a natural history exploration of Tunisia and eastern Algeria. Their account of this trip was published in The Ibis in 1859 and 1860. In the autumn of 1857 he made the first of several visits to Guatemala, returning there with Godman in 1861. It was during this journey that the Biologia Centrali-Americana was planned.

In 1871 he became editor of The Ibis. He was appointed to the Strickland Curatorship in the University of Cambridge, and produced his Catalogue of the Strickland Collection. He was one of the original members of the British Ornithologists' Union. He produced the volumes on the Trochilidae and the Procellariidae in the Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum. One of his last works was the completion of Lord Lilford's Coloured Figures of British Birds (1897).

Salvin was a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Linnean, Zoological and Entomological Societies, and at the time of his death was Secretary of the B.O.U..

The Godman-Salvin Medal, a prestigious award of the British Ornithologists' Union, is named after him and Godman."

Wikipedia (visit link) also tells us about Frederick Ducane Godman:

"Frederick DuCane Godman D.C.L., F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S., F.R.G.S., F.E.S., F.Z.S., M.R.I., F.R.H.S., M.B.O.U. (15 January 1834 – 19 February 1919) was an English lepidopterist, entomologist and ornithologist.

Godman is best known for co-authoring Biologia Centrali-Americana (1879–1915) with Osbert Salvin. This is a 63 volume encyclopedia on the natural history of Central America. His other works included The Natural History of the Azores (1870) and a Monograph of the Petrels (1907–10).

Godman was the third son of Joseph Godman, of Park Hatch, Surrey and was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he became acquainted with Alfred Newton and Salvin. The custom of these ornithological friends to meet and talk over their recent acquisitions led to the foundation of the British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) in November 1857. Godman was Secretary of the BOU from 1870 to 1882 and from 1889 and 1897, and President from 1896. A partner in Whitbread & Co., Godman inherited an ample fortune which allowed him to travel the world.

In 1883, Godman went on to become the developer of South Lodge, a neo-Jacobean style country house estate in Sussex."

Location: Inside the Natural History Museum.

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: Not listed

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