Philip Hollom

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Philip Arthur Dominic "Phil" Hollom (9 June 1912 – 20 June 2014) was a British ornithologist. He was born in Bickley, Kent, England,[1][2] the second of five sons. His younger brother, Sir Jasper Hollom, was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 1970 to 1980, having been Chief Cashier of the Bank of England from 1962 to 1966.[3] In March 1951 he became a member of the editorial board of British Birds magazine[1] under the senior editorship of Max Nicholson, whom he succeeded in 1960.[1] Nicholson, who had remained on the editorial board, and Hollom stood down in 1972 and were replaced on the board by Ian Wallace and Malcolm Ogilvie.[4]

Hollom was a Council member and Vice President of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.[5] He was the first chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee[1] and was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology's Tucker Medal in 1954[6] and the British Ornithologists' Union's Union Medal "for his outstanding contribution to the BOU and to ornithology" in 1984.[6]

He lived in Hydestyle, Surrey, from the mid-1980s until his death.[1] He turned 100 in June 2012[7] and died on 20 June 2014 at the age of 102.[6] He had been a member of the BOU for 81 years.[6] Hollom was survived by his daughter and two sons.[8]


Dedicated to Hollom[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pitches, Adrian (June 2012). "Phil Hollom at 100". British Birds. 105 (6): 342–3. ISSN 0007-0335. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors. Volumes 15–16, Gale Research Company, Detroit, Michigan 1966, page 214
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  4. ^ A history of British Birds, Malcolm Ogilvie, James Ferguson-Lees and Richard Chandler, British Birds 100 (2007) 3-15
  5. ^ OSME News, 2004
  6. ^ a b c d "Phil Hollom, 1912 - 2014". British Ornithologists' Union. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Happy 100th birthday Phil Hollom!" (Press release). British Trust for Ornithology. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
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