|Born||10 November 1832|
|Died||25 April 1897(aged 64)|
He was born at Elveden Hall, Suffolk the sixth and youngest son of William Newton, MP. He was the brother of ornithologist Alfred Newton. He graduated from Magdelene College, Cambridge in 1857 and was one of the twenty founding members of the British Ornithologists' Union.
In 1878, Newton initiated the first laws anywhere specifically designed to protect indigenous land birds from persecution.
He is commemorated in the binomial of the Malagasy kestrel, Falco newtoni.
- Anonymous (1908). "Original members: Sir Edward Newton". Ibis. 9th Series. 2 Jubilee Supplement: 117–120. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1909.tb05250.x.
- Wollaston AFR (1921). Life of Alfred Newton: late Professor of Comparative Anatomy, Cambridge University 1866-1907. London: Murray. p. 2.
- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Edward Newton", p. 80).
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