Max (Edward) Nicholson (1904–), British ornithologist, ecologist, and environmentalist, was born in Ireland and has had a long and distinguished career. Interested in birds since the age of seven, he has played an important part in ornithological bodies in the United Kingdom, together with many other natural history organizations. He left school at an early age, soon after World War I, and earned a living as a natural history writer. He subsequently returned to university, taking a degree at Oxford, where he was a member of Hertford College. While there, he was instrumental in setting up the Oxford Bird Census, which was the forerunner of both the British Trust for Ornithology and the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology of the University of Oxford. He was also a founding member of the Oxford University Exploration Club, and participated in the first two of its many important expeditions—to Greenland and British Guiana (as it then was)—thus helping to set a trend whereby some hundreds of university students now participate annually in such expeditions and gain great experience from them. Before going to Oxford, he published his first book, Birds in England.
From Encyclopedia of Global Change in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Environmental Science.