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Dr Adam Watson Book Collection

26th Oct '17

Our next Book Sale to be held on the 16th of December includes the Library of Dr Adam Watson, one of Scotlands Leading Biologists & Ecologists. A Short Biography:

Dr Adam Watson was born at Turriff in Aberdeenshire in 1930.

He attended the University of Aberdeen, gaining a BSc in zoology and receiving  the MacGillivray Prize in 1952.

In 1953 Adam was the zoologist on the 1953 Arctic Institute of North America, Baffin Island expedition to the Pangnirtung Pass and Penny Highlands area. The group led by glaciologist Pat Baird, carried out one of the first glaciological investigations in the Canadian Arctic.


In 1956, he completed a PhD on the "Annual Cycle of Rock Ptarmigan" and in

1967 he added a DSc for scientific papers on populations and behaviour of northern animals.

Internationally recognised for his lifetime scientific research on animal populations, animal behaviour, habitats, climate, land use, soil erosion, human impacts in the uplands, and Scottish place names, an eminent mountaineer especially covering the Cairngorms, and widely known for his many radio and TV presentations.

Adam’s honours include the following :

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America

Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Emeritus Fellow Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Emeritus Life Member of Ecological Society of America

Hon Life Member Scottish Ornithologists Club and Worldwide Fund for Nature

Lifetime Achievement Award of John Muir Trust

Golden Eagle Award of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild

Fort William Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

2015 Gordon Manley Award of the Royal Meteorological Society

1986 Neill Prize of Royal Society of Edinburgh

1995 Medal of RSPB and Witherby Lecturer of British Trust for Ornithology.

Independent monitor at Glenshee, Lecht and Cairngorm Ski Centres.

Honorary Degree from the University of Stirling and a DSc at Aberdeen.

Adam’s written work  includes 42 books, 235 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 67 notes, 40 book reviews, many articles in newspapers and magazines and 180 technical reports.

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