Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909–2007

Richard Widdess

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264751
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734229 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Laurence Ernest Rowland Picken 1909–2007

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Laurence Picken contributed to both the sciences and the humanities, and had in particular pioneered a radical transformation in musical perspectives. His work in zoology brought national and international recognition with the award of the Sc.D. in 1952, Fellowship of the Institute of Biology, a Walker-Ames Visiting Professorship at the University of Washington in 1959, and the Linnean Society's Trail Medal in 1960. The Organization of Cells and Other Organisms was the crowning achievement of a long and distinguished career in the natural sciences. Alongside the zoological research and teaching, Picken developed a parallel career as a musicologist, issuing a series of studies on Chinese and other musics that were quite as original and, for their time, definitive, as his scientific publications.

Keywords: musicology; zoology; biography; obituary

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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