Sheffield Airey Neave

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Sheffield Airey Neave
Born (1879-04-20)20 April 1879
Kensworth, Hertfordshire
Died 31 December 1961(1961-12-31) (aged 82)
Chelmsford, Essex
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Naturalist and Entomologist
Spouse(s) Dorothy Neave (nee Middleton)
Mary Neave (nee Hodges)

Sheffield Airey Neave CMG OBE MRCP[1] (20 April 1879 - 31 December 1961) was a British naturalist and entomologist. Neave was the grandson of Sheffield Neave, a governor of the Bank of England and he was the father of Airey Neave.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kensworth in Hertfordshire on 20 April 1879, he was the son of Sheffield Henry. M. Neave and his wife Gertrude Charlotte Margaret (née Airey). He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford.[2]

Africa[edit]

His first work was research into the problems related to the Tsete fly and the study of African animal life. He was part of the Geodetic Survey of Northern Rhodesia between 1904 and 1904. Between 1906 and 1906 he was part of the Katanga Sleeping Sickness Commission and then from 1909 the Entomological Research Committee of Tropical Africa.[2]

Entomologist[edit]

Neave returned to the United Kingdom in 1913 and was appointed assistant director of the Imperial Institute of Entomology, becoming director from 1942 to 1946. He was awarded for his contribution to Entomology with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1933 and a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1941.[2]

Retirement[edit]

Neave retired in 1946 to garden and farm in Essex but he carried on as honorary secretary of the Zoological Society of London until 1952, it was a position he had held since 1942.[2]

Family life[edit]

Neave married twice, firstly to Dorothy Middleton and they had two sons and three daughters, the eldest is Airey Neave later a Member of Parliament. Dorothy died in 1942 and Neave married secondly to Mary Hodges in 1946 in London.[2]

Preceded by
Julian Huxley
Secretary of the Zoological Society of London
1942–1952
Succeeded by
Viscount Chaplin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sheffield Neave, M.r.c.p". British Medical Journal 2 (3957): 951. 1936. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.3957.951-b. PMC 2457876. PMID 20780238.  edit
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Sheffield Neave - Important Services To Entomology" (Obituaries). The Times (London). Monday, 1 January 1962. (55277), col C, p. 14.
  • ‘NEAVE, Sheffield Airey’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 21 May 2011
  • Gilbert, P. (2010). "Sheffield Airey NEAVE: Administrator, editor, systematist". Archives of Natural History 37: 171–172. doi:10.3366/E0260954109001752.  edit