Biswamoy Biswas

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Biswamoy Biswas (June 2, 1923 – August 10, 1994) was an Indian ornithologist who was born in Calcutta, the son of a professor of Geology.[1] In 1947, he was awarded a three-year fellowship by Sunderlal Hora, then director of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI). It enabled him to study at the British Museum, at the Berlin Zoological Museum under Erwin Stresemann and also at the American Museum of Natural History under Ernst Mayr.[1]

He received a Ph.D. in 1952 from the University of Calcutta. He was part of the Daily Mail expedition sent to look for the Yeti around Mount Everest in 1954. He was elected Corresponding Fellow of The American Ornithologists' Union in 1963. He later took charge of the Bird and Mammal Section of the Zoological Survey of India. He won Chapman Grants from the American Ornithologists' Union in 1965, 1966 and 1970, for research at the British Museum. Later, he was Joint Director of the ZSI, until he retired in 1981, and then Emeritus Scientist until 1986.[1]

Dr. Biswamoy Biswas examining the Pangboche Yeti scalp during the Daily Mail Snowman Expedition of 1954

Some of his landmark works were on the birds of Nepal and Bhutan.[1]

A flying squirrel species Biswamoyopterus biswasi is named in his honour.[1]

Publications[edit]

  • Biswas, B. (1947): Notes on a collection of birds from the Darrang District, Assam. Records of the Indian Museum. 45: 225-244.
  • Biswas, B. (1947): On a collection of birds from Rajputana. Records of the Indian Museum. 45: 245-265.
  • Biswas, B. (1950): On the taxonomy of some Asiatic Pygmy Woodpeckers. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of Bengal. 3(1): 1-37.
  • Biswas, B. (1950): The Himalayan races of the Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes (Linne.) [Aves]. Journal of the Zoological Society of India. 2(1): 26.
  • Biswas, B. (1950): The generic limits of Treron Vieillot. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club. 70(5): 34.
  • Biswas, B. (1951): Revisions of Indian birds. American Museum Novitates. 1500: 1-12.
  • Biswas, B. (1951): Notes on the taxonomic status of the Indian Plaintive Cuckoo Cuculus passerinus Vahl. Ibis. 93(4): 596-598.
  • Biswas, B. (1951): On some Larger Spine-tailed Swifts, with the description of a new subspecies (Chaetura cochinensis rupchandi) from Nepal. Ardea. 39(4): 318-321.
  • Biswas, B. (1952): Geographical variation in the woodpecker Picus flavinucha Gould. Ibis. 94(2): 210-219.
  • Biswas, B. (1953): Fauna of the Balangir District (formerly Patna State), Orissa. II. Birds. Records of the Indian Museum. 51: 416-419.
  • Biswas, B. (1954): Fauna of the Balangir District (formerly Patna State) Orissa. Birds. Records of the Indian Museum. 51: 416-419.
  • Biswas, B. (1954): A checklist of genera of Indian birds. Additions and corrections. Records of the Indian Museum. 54: 101-106a.
  • Biswas, B. (1954): Review: The Birds of Travancore & Cochin. By Salim Ali, with 22 plates (16 in colour by D.V. Cowen). Pp. xx+668. (Oxford University Press) Bombay, 1953. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 52(2&3): 573-575.
  • Biswas, B. (1955): Review: The Book of Indian Birds. By Salim Ali. 5th (Revised) edition. Pp. xlvi + 142, (714" × 434") 78 plates (56 in colour by D.V. Cowen), 3 diagrams and 2 end paper maps. Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay, 1955. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 53(1): 117-118.
  • Biswas, B. (1955): Zoological results of the Daily Mail Himalayas Expedition 1954. Two new birds from Khumba, Eastern Nepal. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club. 75(7): 87-88.
  • Biswas, B. (1958): Taxonomic status of the Blood Pheasants of Nepal and Sikkim. Journal of the Zoological Society of India. 10(1): 100-101.
  • Biswas, B. (1959): A note on the correct zoological name of the Indian Little Green Heron (Aves, Ardeidae). Current Science. 28: 288.
  • Biswas, B. (1960): A new name for the Himalayan Red-winged Babbler, Pteruthius. Bulletin of the British Ornithological Union. 80(6): 106.
  • Biswas, B. (1961): Proposal to designate a neotype for Corvus benghalensis Linnaeus, 1758 (Aves), under the plenary powers Z.N. (S) 1465. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 18(3): 217-219.
  • Biswas, B. (1962): The birds of Nepal. Part 8. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 59(3): 807-821.
  • Biswas, B. (1962): Further notes on the Shrikes Lanius tephronotus and Lanius schach. Ibis. 104(1): 112-115.
  • Biswas, B. (1962): Review: A Synopsis of the Birds of India and Pakistan. By Sidney Dillon Ripley II. pp. xxxvi+703 (23×15.5 cm.). Bombay, 1961. Bombay Natural History Society. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 59(1): 276-278.
  • Biswas, B. (1973): Report of the Indian national section. Bulletin of the International Council for Bird Preservation. 11: 238-239.
  • Biswas, B. (1983): Additional notes on birds recorded on 1954 'Daily Mail' Himalayan Expedition. Unpublished.
  • Biswas, B. (?): Comments on Ripley's A Synopsis of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Part 2. Unpublished manuscript.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1950): On the Shrike Lanius tephronotus (Vigors), with remarks on the erythronotus and tricolor groups of Lanius schach Linne, and their hybrids. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 49(3): 444-455.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1951): A new race of the Ground-Thrush Turdus citrinus (Aves: Turdidae). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 49(4): 661-662.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1952): A checklist of genera of Indian birds. Records of the Indian Museum. 50(1): 1-62.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1956): A Large Indian Kite Milvus migrans lineatus (Gray) with a split bill. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 53(3): 474-475.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1959): On the validity of Harpactes erythrocephalus hodgsoni (Gould) [Aves: Trogonidae]. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 56(2): 335-338.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1959): On the Parakeet, Psittacula intermedia (Rothschild) [Aves: Psittacidae]. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 56(3): 558-562.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1960): The birds of Nepal. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 57(2): 278-308.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1960): The birds of Nepal. Part 2. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 57(3): 516-546.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1961): The birds of Nepal. Part 3. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 58(1): 100-134.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1961): The birds of Nepal. Part 4. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 58(2): 441-474.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1961): The birds of Nepal. Part 5. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 58(3): 653-677.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1962): The birds of Nepal. Part 6. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 59(1): 200-227.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1962): The birds of Nepal. Part 7. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 59(2): 405-429.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1963): The birds of Nepal. Part 9. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 60(1): 173-200.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1963): The birds of Nepal. Part 10. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 60(2): 388-399.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1963): The birds of Nepal. Part 11. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 60(3): 638-654.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1963): Review: Comments on Ripley's "A Synopsis of the Birds of India and Pakistan". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 60(3): 679-689.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1966): The birds of Nepal. Part 12. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 63(2): 365-377.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1968): The female of Molesworth's Tragopan Tragopan blythi molesworthi (Baker). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 65(1): 216-217.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1968): Some new bird records for Nepal. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 65(3): 782-784.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1969): Review: Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan, Vol. 1. By Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley. pp. lviii+380 (16.7 × 24.7 cm.). 18 coloured plates. Bombay, 1968. Oxford University Press. Price Rs. 90. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 66(1): 152-154.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1969): Review: Birds of Kerala (second edition of The Birds of Travancore and Cochin). By Salim Ali. pp. xxiii+444 (16.5 × 24 cm.) + 22 plates (16 in colour by D.V. Cowen) + many pen-and-ink sketches+end-paper maps. Bombay, 1969. Oxford University Press. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 66(2): 372-373.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1972): Review: Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Vol. 6. By Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley. pp. xvi+245 (24×16 cm) with 8 coloured plates and numerous black-and-white illustrations. Bombay, 1971. Oxford University Press. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 69(2): 400-401.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1974): Zoological results of the Daily Mail Himalayan Expedition 1954: Notes on some birds of Eastern Nepal. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 71(3): 456-495.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1978): Review: Field Guide to the Birds of the Eastern Himalayas. By Salim Ali. pp. xvi+263 (11.8×18 cm). With 37 coloured plates. Delhi, 1977. Oxford University Press. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 75(3): 915-916.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1985): Review: Comments on Ripley's "A Synopsis of the Birds of India and Pakistan" - Second Edition (1982). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 82(1): 126-129.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1986): Review: A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. By Salim Ali & S. Dillon Ripley. Pp. 117+106 plates (73 in colour, 33 monochrome), (18.5 cm × 24.7 cm) with plates by John Henry Dick. New Delhi, 1983. Bombay Natural History Society & Oxford University Press. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 83(2): 412-414.
  • Biswas, Biswamoy (1989): Taxonomic status of Psittacula intermedia (Rothschild). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 86(3): 448.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mayr, E. (2000) "In Memoriam: Biswamoy Biswas, 1923–1994." The Auk 117(4):1030 PDF

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