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Allen, Arthur Augustus

Born: 1885 AD
Died: 1964 AD

1914 – Wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the red-winged blackbird that is considered to have set the standard for the study of birds in the field.

1915 – Allen went on to found the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology that established the nation’s first graduate program in ornithology.

         – He also pioneered the recording of bird songs, for which the lab has become world renowned, and was an accomplished bird photographer as well.