William Bernhardt Tegetmeier

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William Bernhardt Tegetmeier FZS (4 November 1816 – 19 November 1912) [1] was an English naturalist (with an interest in pigeons, fowl, and bees), a founder of the Savage Club, and a writer and journalist of domestic science.

Born in Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, he was educated by his father and at University College London. Tegetmeier was already a published authority on poultry when he first met Charles Darwin: they became correspondents, and Tegetmeier eventually became a Darwinist.

Initially following a career in medicine, he instead became a journalist and natural history editor of The Field magazine. His work with homing pigeons led to their use in war time.[2]

Whilst living in Fortis Green, near Muswell Hill in north London, in the 1850s Tegetmeier became interested in bee keeping, and discovered how bees created the hexagon-shaped cells in their hives. He died in Hampstead and his remains rest in East Finchley Cemetery.



  1. ^ Who's Who 1916
  2. ^ http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/browse/CXWC.HTM
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: J. A. Secord, ‘Tegetmeier, William Bernhardt (1816–1912)’, first published Sept 2004, 800 words, with portrait illustration [1]