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] 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.[3]

Hollom was a Council member and Vice President of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.[4] 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[5] and the British Ornithologists' Union's Union Medal "for his outstanding contribution to the BOU and to ornithology" in 1984.[5]

He lived in Hydestyle, Surrey, from the mid-1980s until his death.[1] He turned 100 in June 2012[6] and died on 20 June 2014 at the age of 102.[5] He had been a member of the BOU for 81 years.[5]


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
  3. ^ A history of British Birds, Malcolm Ogilvie, James Ferguson-Lees and Richard Chandler, British Birds 100 (2007) 3-15
  4. ^ OSME News, 2004
  5. ^ a b c d "Phil Hollom, 1912 - 2014". British Ornithologists' Union. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Happy 100th birthday Phil Hollom!" (Press release). British Trust for Ornithology. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-07-18.