Matthew Richardson (author)

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Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson (born 1966) is a Canadian author, biologist and historian. Primarily self-educated, he spent his early adulthood travelling extensively around the world, in the process gaining a proficiency in the French language which was to help him enormously in his later work.

In 2001 he published The Royal Book of Lists: An Irreverent Romp Through Royal History from Alfred the Great to Prince William. For much of the next decade he worked as a primatologist / taxonomist for the U.S.-based NGO Conservation International, co-authoring various books and academic papers. Notable among these were Lemurs of Madagascar (book) and the massive primate volume to the Handbook of the Mammals of the World series (for which he also produced all the maps). He also lived and worked, for a time, at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. In addition to his writing and editing activities he consulted with scientists the world over on questions of conservation and taxonomy, helped to catalog the Royal Ontario Museum's primatology collection, gave lectures, and served as an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group.

In 2014 he returned to the field of history, and is currently at work on two new book projects: "History of the British Isles" (five volumes) and "History of France" (five volumes). He lives in his hometown of Markham, just outside Toronto.



  1. ^ "AMICUS Web Full Record - AMICUS - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 

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