The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 14, 2012

September 14, 1909

Peter Scott, (September 14, 1909 to August 29, 1989) was a co-founder of the World WIldlife Fund, whose priorities include tiger protection. But this does not exhaust his accomplishments. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Scott also was

... the only Fellow of the Royal Society to have won an Olympic medal.... [Other accomplishments include being] a distinguished ornithologist, painter and conservationist – he co-founded the World Wildlife Fund and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. In 1936, Scott won a bronze medal at the Berlin Olympics for single-handed sailing. ....

Scott also went on to break the sailing speed record at Cowes in 1954, and was selected as helmsman of Sovereign for the America’s Cup in 1964. ...

Elsewhere we read of Scott:

"...the Duke of Edinburgh, President Emeritus of WWF, recalled. 'I think his great contribution was that he was a brilliant communicator. For example, his television programmes in the 1950s and '60s were in those years as popular, as convincing, as David Attenborough's are now.'"

Sir Peter Scott lost his father before he was two. That father was Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Now we know how to follow a tough act. 

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