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Peter Scott
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Scientist
    (September 14, 1909-August 29, 1989)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Ornithologist, wildlife painter and conservationist
    Co-founder of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (1946) and the World Wildlife Fund (1961)
    Designed the WWF's panda logo
    Hosted the BBC nature series 'Look' (1955-81)
    Wrote the books 'Wild Geese and Eskimos' (1951), 'Wildfowl of the British Isles' (1957), 'The Eye of the Wind' (1961), 'Our Vanishing Wildlife' (1966), 'The Amazing World of Animals' (1976) and 'The Travel Diaries of a Naturalist' (3 volumes, 1983-87)
    Knighted for services to conservation (1973)
    Only child of antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott
    Godfather was 'Peter Pan' creator J.M. Barrie
    He ran unsuccessfully for Parliament (1945).
    He named one of his daughters Dafila, after the genus for the pintail duck.
    He proclaimed himself a believer in the Loch Ness monster based on murky photos of something that might have been a fin.
    He proposed giving Nessie the scientific name Nessiteras rhombopteryx ('Ness creature with a diamond shaped fin'), which a 'Daily Telegraph' reporter noted was an anagram for 'Monster hoax by Sir Peter S.'
    He was 18 months old when his father died.
    He won a bronze medal in sailing at the Berlin Olympic Games (1936).
    He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery while serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II.
    He was credited with saving the nene (Hawaiian goose) from extinction with a captive breeding program.
    He took up gliding in his 40s, and was president of the British Gliding Association (1968-70).
    David Attenborough called him 'the patron saint' of the conservation movement.
    He and Attenborough are said to be largely responsible for how the British public views wildlife.

Credit: C. Fishel


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